Message from the President
It is a pleasure to introduce and welcome you to Riverside City College. RCC, California’s seventh oldest community college, has served the City of Riverside and surrounding communities for nearly 100 years, with a strong culture of excellence.
The College has built a reputation for offering strong academic, career technical, performing arts and athletic programs. We serve about 22,000 students each semester and award more than 4,500 associate degrees and certificates each June. A significant number of our graduates go on to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. And, on average, more than 70 percent of alumni from career technical programs who enter the workforce directly from RCC choose to live and work locally.
A Complete College Experience
As part of the Riverside Community College District, RCC offers a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences curriculum along with career technical programs. In all, students can choose from 80+ different programs and a range of student services and learning communities designed to help them achieve their academic goals.
RCC is known for its programs for veterans, disabled students, and under-represented populations. We are also home to the Gateway to College charter school, partnered with the City of Riverside on Completion Counts, and originated the Passport to College program, which later served as a model for the national Gear Up early college awareness initiative.
On-campus student activities are equally robust. RCC hosts more than 50 student clubs, 19 men’s and women’s athletic teams, an art gallery, film festivals, and numerous opportunities for community service.
A High Level of Community Support
One of the reasons RCC has thrived for nearly a century is the strong level of community support the college enjoys. We have partnerships in place on nearly every level--public/education, private business/education, and community/education. Some recent examples include the StartingBlocks water safety and swim program for disadvantaged youth, the Riverside Aquatics Complex, which has generated more than $5 million in economic benefits and national publicity for local businesses and the community, and the RCC community garden.
As you can tell, I am excited about how Riverside City College and the community work together to benefit our students and residents. We are very proud to be a community college. We are particularly proud to be this community’s college.