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RCC Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2020
President Anderson, Chief Deputy Ron Miller of the Riverside County Probation Department and Assistant County Executive Officer Human Resources Director Brenda Diederich, signed an MOU on February 13

RCC PARTNERS WITH RIVERSIDE COUNTY TO ESTABLISH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 
Associate Professor of Administration of Justice Melissa Matuszak directed a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Riverside to create a first of-its-kind paid internship opportunity for RCC students studying Administration of Justice. Matuszak said she was genuinely excited about this partnership because it allows students an opportunity to experience the criminal justice field firsthand.

President Anderson, along with Chief Deputy Ron Miller of the Riverside County Probation Department and Assistant County Executive Officer Human Resources Director Brenda Diederich, signed the MOU on February 13. This partnership offers students an internship while obtaining the opportunity to observe, learn, and study within the County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation. 
 

CAREER CLOSET EARNS HONORABLE MENTION BY CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES BOARD OF GOVERNORS


RCC’s Career Closet received a 2020 Exemplary Program Honorable Mention award from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors at their meeting in Sacramento on January 13. Six programs were recognized.

Sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the Board of Governors established the Exemplary Program Award in 1991 to recognize outstanding community college programs. The statewide Academic Senate selects themes related to the award’s traditions and statewide trends. Recognizing the importance of providing support to the student population as a whole, the Academic Senate focused this year’s Exemplary Program Award theme on student support services. 

The Career Closet offers students attire for professional, academic, and personal opportunities in an equitable, inclusive, and stigma-free manner. The boutique style of the Career Closet invites students to shop for clothes in a supportive and positive environment. Volunteer faculty and staff help with selection – matching students with attire and accessories, clothes fitting, and moral support in order to complement their goals. 

Donations of gently used clothing are accepted throughout the year. For more information on how to donate, email Meriel.Anderson-McDade@rcc.edu
 

RCC RANKS IN THE TOP 25 COMMUNITY COLLEGES FOR HISPANICS


Riverside City College is one of the top community colleges in the nation for Hispanic students, according to an annual list published by the Hispanic Outlook on Education.

In the February 2020 edition, the magazine ranked RCC in the top 25 community colleges for Hispanics in two categories: 13th in the nation and 6th in the state for granting the most degrees to Hispanic students, and 12th in the nation and 7th in the state for enrolling the largest number of Hispanic students.

“The diversity of our student body strengthens RCC, and we are committed to helping every student achieve their highest potential," President Gregory Anderson said. “Approximately two out of three RCC students identify as Latino and the rankings from Hispanic Outlook on Education demonstrate the steadfast commitment of our faculty and staff to serving all students in achieving their educational goals. Nothing is more important than providing more access to more students.”


Data reported by the Department of Education – National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database granted as of 2018 for two-year colleges.
 

C-SPAN BUS TO VISIT RCC MARCH 5


The C-SPAN Bus (Campaign 2020 tour) is coming to RCC on Thursday, March 5, from 2:30 – 4:30pm. The Bus, C-SPAN's mobile classroom and production studio, and team will be on hand to talk to students and visitors about the Bus and C-SPAN's in-depth coverage of the political processnotably its comprehensive coverage of Campaign 2020.

This is a great time to energize students and continue a vibrant community-wide discussion of elections as this kind of civic engagement is one of the healthiest hallmarks of higher education.

Participate in this interactive opportunity for students, faculty and staff, share your experiences, and tour the Bus!

COLLEGE AWARDED APPRENTICESHIP GRANT TO TRAIN SHORT ORDER COOKS


RCC was recently awarded an Apprenticeship grant for the Culinary Arts program to create a Short Order Cooks Apprenticeship (RSOCA) and implement the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) apprenticeship program model. Funds enable apprentices with training necessary to become certified short order cooks. The ACF’s model combines classroom and lab instruction with work-based learning or on-the-job experience. Students are compensated as they move through the levels of training. 
 
The RSOCA program provides a minimum of 2,000 hours of related instruction and training each year for two years, to increase the skills of local and regional short order cooks. RSOCA will work with The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, the ACF Education Foundation, and RCCD’s Office of Economic Development to establish and cultivate the program.
 
An asset of apprenticeships is that they bring educational institutions and businesses together for common training purposes and workforce preparation. 
 
This is the second Apprenticeship grant for the College’s Culinary Arts program.  
 

NEW FACULTY LECTURE DATES


The 60th Distinguished Faculty Lecture dates have been changed to Tuesday, May 5, at 3:30 pm in the Henry W. Coil, Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall followed by a 4:45 pm rooftop reception. Then on May 7, at 12:50 pm, the lecture will be presented at Riverside City College in the Digital Library Auditorium with a reception following the lecture. Dariush Haghighat, Ph.D., professor, Political Science, has been named as the 2020 lecturer. Flex credit will be offered at both presentations.
 
Henry W. Coil, Sr. & Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts

COIL SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS RECEIVES CITY’S BEAUTIFICATION AWARD


At the 2020 Mayor’s State of the City Address on January 20, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey presented RCCD Board President Mary Figueroa with the 2020 City of Riverside Beautification Award for the Henry W. Coil, Sr. & Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts. Awards are presented to companies or individuals for buildings and facilities within the city that capture: architectural design, landscaping, building improvements, general maintenance, screening of utilities, historical preservation, and parking lot beautification. 

Downtown Riverside has been reinvigorated with the completion of Riverside Community College District’s Centennial Plaza in 2016. The new Plaza provides state-of-the-art spaces for instruction and brings the community downtown to enjoy the arts. The architectural expression of each building responds to their unique function; the use of landscaping, glass and lighting create a dynamic structure during the day and evening.

The Henry W. Coil, Sr. & Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts features a 450-seat concert hall accommodating a wide range of performing arts. More than 150 performances are held in the concert hall each year including the Riverside Philharmonic, middle and high school band, and orchestra and choir competitions as well as RCC Music department concerts. 
 
 
The California Primary Election is on Tuesday, March 3. This election is important, it is your chance to weigh in on the candidates and propositions that matter most to you and your family. As voters, we have an equal say in determining our future. That is why it is so important to exercise your civic duty and vote.
 

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