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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 Dean Steve Hebert Honored as CCCADA Athletics Director of the Year

Steve Hebert, dean of the Rio Hondo College Division of Kinesiology, Dance and Athletics and athletic director, has been named Athletics Director of the Year by the California Community College Athletic Director’s Association (CCCADA). The award is a recognition of Hebert’s “tremendous impact” on the association, according to a letter by CCCADA President Dan Clauss announcing the honor.

Rio Hondo College President Teresa Dreyfuss to Be Honored as 2019 Distinguished Woman of the Year

Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss has been named a 2019 Distinguished Woman of the Year for the 57th Assembly District in recognition of her contributions to the community. Assembly Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon, who represents the 57th District, will honor Dreyfuss and nine additional distinguished women at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at The Clarke Estate, 10211 Pioneer Blvd., Santa Fe Springs. Dreyfuss, who retires on June 30, has served Rio Hondo College in multiple capacities for more than 30 years. During her service, she helmed a $250 million construction program that remade the aging hilltop campus into a modern institution, as well as establishing three regional education centers to serve students close to their homes. Dreyfuss has been praised for guarding Rio Hondo College’s finances through the Great Recession and increasing student graduation, completion and transfer rates during her tenure as superintendent/president.

Rio Hondo College Anticipates 700 for 7th Annual ‘A Taste of Rio’

More than 700 guests are expected to sample artisan cuisine, fine wine and craft beer during the Rio Hondo Foundation’s seventh annual “A Taste of Rio” event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The event, which supports Rio Hondo student programs and scholarships, will feature more than two dozen local restaurants, music and over 100 opportunity drawings.

Rio Hondo College Student Trustee Uses State of the Union Visit to Advocate on Behalf of Undocumented Students

Rio Hondo College Student Trustee Diana Laureano attended President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Feb. 5 as a guest of U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez, using the opportunity to continue her advocacy on behalf of her fellow undocumented community members. Laureano, who is studying philosophy and political science and is part of the Rio Hondo College Pathway to Law School program, said she considers it her mission to ensure undocumented residents are seen and heard.

Rio Hondo College to Host Cash 4 College Workshop to Assist Students in Obtaining 2019-20 Financial Aid

Rio Hondo College will partner with the Office of Assembly Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon to host a Cash 4 College financial aid overview and a financial aid application lab on Saturday, Feb. 2 for students and their families, including free assistance with the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act application. The overview will be offered at 10 a.m. and the lab at 11 a.m. Rio Hondo College is at 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier.

Rio Hondo College Vice President to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Championing Students

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has named Rio Hondo College Vice President of Student Services Henry Gee as one of two recipients of the 2019 Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA. The lifetime achievement award honors a NASPA member who has served in leadership roles at the state, regional, national or international levels of NASPA, and who has been a member for at least 10 years. Gee has served in higher education for 40 years. He has served in his current position for 15 years, in addition to recently taking on the task of interim executive director for the Rio Hondo College Foundation. He will receive the honor at NASPA’s 100th anniversary conference on March 12 in Los Angeles.