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RCC Newsletter
OCTOBER 2020

NATIONAL DATA: RCC RANKS 4th 
IN GRADUATING
 HISPANIC STUDENTS

Riverside City College ranked 4th in the nation for associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students (2019) recognized in Hispanic Outlook on Education (HO) Magazine’s October issue “Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics.” 

Standing out in the world of higher education can be challenging.  Thousands of institutions exist across the country, creating higher levels of competition than ever before. RCC, however, was recognized by (HO) Magazine as one of the top 100 schools for Hispanics in the United States.

Additionally, RCC ranked 12th in total enrollment of Hispanic students among two-year colleges (2018-19) and 6th in overall degrees awarded by a major – Liberal Arts and Sciences General Studies and Humanities (2019).  

“With steadfast focus on equity, RCC is building strong pathways that support every student’s ability to achieve their educational goals,” President Gregory Anderson said. “This ranking affirms the work of everyone at RCC.”

Annually, HO Magazine (formerly The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education) releases an index of Top 100 lists to recognize institutions that are committed to serving Hispanics’ educational needs. RCC consistently earns top rankings, which directly reflect college-wide efforts focused on equity, success, and completion. 

Earlier this year, 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.

HO’s Top 100 issue is available at www.hispanicoutlook.com

Data reported by the Department of Education – National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database granted as of 2019 for two-year colleges.

LIVE MUSIC SAFELY RETURNS


In response to student and program need, the Music department’s safe return to instruction proposal was approved. Under the plan, a limited number of Music students are able to rehearse in a face-to-face setting. Additional safety guidelines include outdoor rehearsals, extended social distancing, smaller groups, and limited instruction time.  

Members of the RCC Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz Ensemble, Marching Tigers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble met this week for the first time since mid-March. This task could not have been achieved without the collective efforts of Facilities, Parking Services, Music department classified professionals, and faculty, and of course the amazing Music students.
 
Although students and faculty miss performing in the beautiful Coil School for the Arts concert hall, they are excited to play and hear live music again.
 


YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE


RCC, along with the RCCD Foundation is hosting the inaugural Giving Week. Funds raised through this virtual event benefit College programs and students. Giving Week will be hosted November 30 – December 4 and will be the College’s primary fundraiser for the 2020-21 academic year. This virtual event highlights students, faculty staff, alumni and community members who represent RCC’s superior academics, opportunities and successes.   
 
All proceeds from Giving Week will go to the President’s Fund for Excellence, which enables college leadership to support special initiatives and innovate projects to enhance student learning.  

Each day inspiring stories from students, alumni, faculty, and staff will be shared, capturing the importance and benefits of investing in our students. Consider donating to support RCC students.
 

NEW DRIVE UP INTERNET ACCESS


Drive up wireless Internet is now available during campus hours in the Magnolia Ave. parking structure (all floors), Kane parking lot, and Lovekin Complex parking lot.

This project funded by CARES Act II, is a new addition to the services RCC already offers students. Drive up Wi-Fi  offers students reliable Internet connectivity needed to complete online work from the safety and comfort of their automobiles. 
  • Wireless Internet available during campus hours in the following areas:
    • Magnolia parking structure
    • Kane parking lot 
    • Lovekin Complex parking lot
  • Connect using RCC username and password 
  • RCC students and staff vehicles only
  • Intended for educational purposes - not a social space
  • Restrooms are not available
  • Student Code of Conduct applies
  • Area monitored by RCCD Police Department

GET OUT THE VOTE


Election Day, November 3rd, is right around the corner. California has made it possible for every registered voter to vote by mail, so casting your ballot is easy. This year’s election is particularly important, and by voting you are able to shape the future of your community, the state, and the nation.  
 
Your vote matters! Past elections have come down to a recount where the candidate won the popular vote by a small margin. It is especially important for young people to vote. RCC students and faculty worked tirelessly to help people register to vote. Competing in the California Ballot Bowl, RCC is in second place and was credited for registering 723 new voters. 

Voting is powerful; it gives you the opportunity to be a part of decision-making that affects your life. This election includes issues that impact our everyday life from education and health to safety and transportation. 

Get involved, research the issues, and cast your vote on or before November 3. 
 

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED


After years of hard work and dedication from faculty, staff, and administrators across the College, the new RCC website - a major equity initiative - launched on October 15.

The goal for this website is to provide students a smooth onramp to enrollment and information. The completely rebuilt site gives students better access to academic pathways, steps to enroll, and support services. Major components include: 
  • Focus on students: potential, new, and returning 
  • Content written in one voice
  • Fully ADA compliant
  • User-friendly interface to support timely content updates to all pages
  • New media content (students predominantly featured, videos covering RCC highlights and events)
  • Blog and emergency alert features

NEW MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT AND STRENGTHEN AWARENESS

Over the past year, the communications team has been working with students and stakeholders on efforts to rethink and reframe the way RCC’s story is told to the public and to potential students. Through interviews and meetings, a comprehensive and targeted marketing campaign titled: Where Tradition Brightens Tomorrow was developed. 

Beginning next month, RCC’s message will be shared throughout the region and across the internet. To increase enrollment and create onramps for disenfranchised populations, the campaign strengthens RCC’s brand and creates broad awareness.  

This campaign recognizes RCC’s 104-year tradition, while highlighting our students and improving their future. Look for more website enhancements, marketing campaign elements, and storytelling throughout 2021.  Please share the RCC message with students, family, and friends. 

ADM STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY PRINTING INDUSTY OF AMERICA

Applied Digital Media students competed in the Printing Industry of America Southern California’s R.A.I.S.E. Foundation competition. This virtual Printers Fair attracted more than 300 entries from college and high school students from throughout the region. RCC students competed in the College Poster category and were required to design and print a poster promoting careers in the printing industry. The winners are:
1st Place – Berenice Ramos                                                           
2nd Place – Sara Gyi
3rd Place – Domonick Garza
 
Every year, PIASC’s R.A.I.S.E. Foundation provides grants to reward students who participate in its annual competitions. These grants are made possible by the donations made by PIASC’s members during its annual fundraising drive. This year the organization raised over $10,000. 

YOUNG AT HEART CURRICULUM SHOWS
POSITIVE RESULTS


The class for seniors through the Young at Heart program involves curriculum recently studied at Loma Linda University (LLU). Researchers observed two groups, one with healthy older adults, the second Diabetics with Neuropathy participating in a one-hour Yang style Tai Chi exercise with mental imagery twice per week. After completing the eight-week Young at Heart class, all participants experienced significant reductions in blood pressure. Research concluded that combining Tai Chi intervention with mental imagery theory showed an improvement in functional outcomes and blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular benefits. 

“The Young at Heart program curriculum works,” Harvey Kurland said. Young at Heart, taught by Kurland with the assistance of advanced student Myra Allen, offers senior citizens a variety of free learning classes and experiences.
 

PRESIDENT’S PANEL: SIX CLASSIFIED PROFESSIONALS SHARE THEIR VIEWS

 
The third President’s Panel, titled The Embedded Role of Classified Educators in Tradition and Innovation, involved a dynamic discussion focused on the impact classified educators have on student success and persistence. Panelists explored the connected nature of their work through the lens of tradition and innovation. United by a deep and abiding commitment to the success of every RCC student, the panelists included Dora Aikens, Justin Borden, Kanani Hoopai, Ron Kluth, Flor Mazzacua, and Lamar Neal.    

ONSITE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION


This week, College leaders thanked onsite employees for their commitment to RCC and for keeping the campus functioning during these difficult times. To recognize and appreciate their efforts, PLT treated them to lunch and goodie bag.  

 
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