About Riverside Community College District
Riverside Community College District is the largest community college system in the Inland Southern California region.
Serving a 540 sq. mile area and seven cities in western Riverside County, the district’s colleges and education centers educate and train nearly 50,000 students each year. Graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation or directly enter careers in fields such as law enforcement, firefighting, dental hygiene, nursing, logistics, performing arts, business and computer technology. RCCD is a major employer in the area and also works with local businesses, providing customized business training, international business and market development, and other services to build and strengthen our communities.
- Riverside Community College District is the seventh oldest community college district in California, and the fifth largest.
- Riverside Community College District is a three-college higher education system serving 1.4 million people living in Riverside County.
- Student enrollment exceeded 50,000 in Fall 2010.
- RCCD colleges are located in the cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Norco—three of the fastest growing areas in the county.
- A diverse student body reflects the surrounding workforce. In 2008, 36% of students were Hispanic, 35% were Caucasian, 11% were African American, 9% were Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 1% were Native American.
- Riverside Community College District offers more than 100 comprehensive programs to aid students seeking transfer to a 4-year college or university, a 2-year degree, a professional certificate, occupational training, or simply to update their work skills.
- Preparation of students for the modern workforce extends outside the classroom to include partnerships with leading businesses, resulting in the development of specialized high-tech programs and freestanding centers of learning that attract both traditional and non-traditional students.
- Examples of these types of partnerships can be found in the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, the Culinary Arts Institute, the Center for International Trade Development, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, the California Manufacturing Technology Center, and such programs as the Physician Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Ford Asset, and Toyota T10 ventures.
- Riverside Community College District is committed to excellence. Some 322 full-time faculty and 1,054 adjunct faculty, together with 488 professional and support staff, are involved in the continual development of programs to prepare a qualified workforce for the 21 century.
- Riverside Community College District’s vision is to be a leader among community colleges, highly regarded for our commitment to students; respected for excellence in teaching; and recognized as responsive to the communities we serve.