Founded in 1916, Riverside Community College is a community college located in Riverside, California. First founded in 1916, the school went through major expansions in both 1924 and 1965. Today, the school boasts roughly 21,000 enrollees at any given time spread across three campuses in Riverside City, Norco, and Moreno Valley in addition to education centers including the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, the Rubidoux Annex, and the Center for Teaching Excellence at Stokoe.
The college is in the planning stages for the Riverside School for the Arts, a $57 million project that will prepare students for careers in the film industry. This facility will be located in the community of White Park.
Academic tracks of study span nearly 100 programs, including career certificates, associate degrees, continuing education for people in all stages of life, and transfer track work for students planning to attend four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the departments and fields of study that one might expect to find at any large college or university, RCC offers classes in unique topics that would not be found at most schools: Arabic, Senior Citizen Education, and Fire Technology among them. The college is also known for its strong oceanography program.
Many students, especially those who are already in the workforce, come here to gain certification in a specialized skill relating to their field. For instance, an auto mechanic can gain certification in Ford Speciality or General Motors Speciality. Similarly, a computer information specialist could earn certification in C++ Programming, E-Commerce, or CISCO Networking.
Distance Learning Options
Distance learning is also available for students seeking a flexible learning environment. There are four types of classes students may choose: online, hybrid, teleweb, and web-enhanced.
The online classes are courses instructed via the Internet. There are no campus meetings and all assignments are completed online. The hybrid courses are twofold. The class meets on campus and also has online assignments. Teleweb courses may require some on-campus meetings or seminars; however, most of the coursework is completed by viewing lectures on video. Web-enhanced classes are traditional classroom lectures with the use of the Internet for some coursework.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are open to all students interested in furthering their education, and who have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent. Prospective students can apply to the college online at their website. Once accepted, students must take an assessment test. There is no application fee and no ACT/SAT test score requirement. Some specific programs, such as nursing, may have further requirements, so inquire with your department of choice before applying.
The financial aid office offers a wide range of grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans to students who qualify. The school’s website provides detailed descriptions of all financial aid available to students and what steps are needed to complete the application process. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Student Financial Aid Details
Accommodations on campus serve a wide range of students including high school graduates, distance learners, international students, transfer students, and working professionals. Although there is no housing on campus, there is a rich sense of community and student life to enhance the classroom learning experience.
The City Grill is the on-campus restaurant and student meeting place. With a fresh salad bar and vegetarian options, The City Grill satisfies a wide range of tastes.
Other services include a career center, computer labs, disability services, tutoring, and a fully stocked on-campus library.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletic department fields teams in the Orange Empire Conference (OEC). There are ten men’s sports including golf, water polo, swim/dive, baseball, tennis, football, basketball, cross country, track and field, and soccer. Women’s team sports are basketball, water polo, volleyball, track and field, tennis, soccer, swim/dive, cross country, fast pitch softball, and cheerleading.
The school maintains an online Hall of Fame section that honors athletes, coaches, contributors, and staff who were once and still are a part of the school’s athletic program. Included in that section are the inductees’ names, portrait, and biography.
Notable alumni include:
- Mine Okubo, writer and artist
- Susan Straight, novelist
- Chester Carlson, physicist and inventor
- John Gabbert, Superior Court judge
- Richard Prather, novelist
- Major League Baseball players Jess Hill, Jeff Bajenaru, Jesse Chavez, Tommy Hanson, Bobby Kielty, and Brian Stokes
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