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Rio Hondo College

  • Rio Hondo College to Celebrate 50th Anniversary for Program Offering Support to Disadvantaged Students

    Río Hondo College’s Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOP&S) will hold a 50th anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Campus Inn for the program that helps historically underrepresented college students achieve their educational goals. EOP&S, launched by Senate Bill 164 in 1969 as part of the Civil Rights Movement, is considered the original equity program of the California Community Colleges. It provides academic, financial and personal support for low-income students whose educational and socio-economic situations might otherwise prevent them from achieving their higher education goals.

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  • Río Hondo College to Honor Service of Women Veterans

    Río Hondo College will mark Veterans Day at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 with a program honoring 1st Sgt. Janet Bretado of the 240th Signal Company, distribution of a Río Hondo College Veteran Memorial Coin and performances by the 40th Infantry Division Band and Río Hondo College Choir. The Veterans Day event will be emceed by Río Hondo College Veterans Service Center Counselor/Coordinator Arely Castaneda and feature a Presentation of Colors by the California National Guard – Veterans Honors Program.

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  • Fire Technology Coordinator Who Helped Shape Rio Hondo College Fire Academy Programs to Retire

    Chief Tracy E. Rickman, who has helped lead and expand Rio Hondo College’s nationally respected firefighter training academies as well as launch a cadet crew that annually battles California wildfires, will retire Dec. 11. Rickman joined Rio Hondo College 22 years ago and today serves as fire technology coordinator for the Rio Hondo College Fire Academy, the Rio Hondo College Wildland Fire Academy and EMT program.

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Rio Hondo College Celebrates Graduation of Third Cohort of Tesla START Technician Students

Rio Hondo College will celebrate the graduation of 11 new Tesla START technicians, the third cohort to graduate since the Whittier-based College became the globally recognized innovative car company’s second training partner in 2018. The new START program graduates, who have already been placed at Tesla service centers in Buena Park, Burbank, Costa Mesa, Pomona and San Diego, join 26 graduates of cohorts one and two.

Rio Hondo College Community Lauds Outgoing President Teresa Dreyfuss at End-of-year Gala Event

The retirement celebration, held at the Doubletree Inn in Uptown Whittier, featured lauds for Dreyfuss from local officials, state legislators and national officials for her many contributions to the College, including its two-year guarantee of free tuition for first-time, full-time students, a four-year Bachelor of Science degree and creation of a strong fiscal foundation. The event was also attended by members of Dreyfuss’ family, area K-12 school district superintendents and presidents of other California community college campuses.

Rio Hondo College to Celebrate First Cohort of 4-year Degree Graduates

Rio Hondo College will celebrate its first cohort of 16 students to earn four-year Bachelor of Science degrees in automotive technology during a ceremony from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17 at the College’s Automotive Technology Lab, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The graduates are part of a historic state effort to allow community colleges to award four-year degrees.

Rio Hondo College to Host Forums for Superintendent/President Finalists

Rio Hondo College will host a forum from 1 to 5:45 p.m. Monday, May 6 to introduce the community to five finalists for the post of superintendent/president. The event will be in the Campus Inn, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Finalists are: East Los Angeles College President Marvin Martinez; Pasadena City College Vice President of Student Services Dr. Cynthia Olivo; San Diego Miramar College President Dr. Patricia Hsieh; Los Angeles Community College District Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Dr. Alberto Román; and Mendocino College Superintendent/President Dr. Arturo Reyes.