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Community College enrollment struggles continue, RCC finds solutions

By Erik Galicia After several months of navigating distance education, Michael Ortega decided to drop his courses at Riverside City College. Ortega, 44, a formerly incarcerated student, struggled with the sudden lack of face-to-face interaction. He said he needed one-on-one time with his instructors and the ability to walk into the Writing and Reading Center

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RCCD Police Department works to increase training, enact modern strategies

By Jennipher Vasquez The Riverside Community College District Police Department is implementing 21st century policing strategies, aiming for a proactive approach to providing safety to the district’s three campuses.  The 21st century policing strategies concept was brought about by former President Barack Obama’s task force to improve the interaction and relationships between law enforcement and

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Vaccinations begin in Riverside, Norco College instructors recall experience getting the shot

By Jacob Quezada The City of Riverside provided 460 first dosages of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with Curative on Jan. 30. Amongst those eligible for the first round of vaccines at the Riverside Convention Center were Norco College instructors Alexis Grey and Rick Mansikka. Grey and Mansikka, a married couple who teach anthropology

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Associated Students of Riverside City College launch into 21st century with upcoming mobile app

By Daniel Hernandez Make some space on your cell phone’s storage because a new way to engage with Riverside City College’s student government is under construction. The Associated Students of Riverside City College’s executive cabinet voted in favor of creating an app after they experienced difficulties updating their page on the new RCC website. ASRCC

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Pending program aims to establish educational pathway for formerly incarcerated students

By Cheetara Piry Only a mile from its campus, Norco College serves approximately 300 incarcerated students at the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security prison, offering several associate’s degree programs. The problem, however, is that these students are usually released on parole before completion.  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation incentivizes inmates to take responsibility

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Riverside mayor gives first State of the City Address

By Daniela Ramirez A city reeling from the pandemic and racial divide seen last year looked to Riverside’s new mayor as she talked economic recovery, equity and housing during her first State of the City Address. The annual address was recorded at the Fox Performing Arts Center in downtown Riverside and aired Jan. 28. Mayor

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State chancellor explains pandemic aid for Community College students, campus re-openings

By Leo Cabral California Community College students facing pandemic-related challenges have until March 2 to apply for emergency aid through the Cal Grant. Filling out the FAFSA and the California DREAM Act application by the deadline is important to ensure students qualify for the most aid available to them. Being in the financial aid system

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Riverside County gives Sheriff’s Department approval for $3.3 million grant application

By Erik Galicia The Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorized the Sheriff’s Department to apply for $3,321,765 in emergency pandemic funding despite heavy mistrust expressed by public commenters. Funds would be provided through the California Board of State and Community Corrections and are required to be used for pandemic response, with a focus on meeting

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Serrano family attorneys call for meeting with Riverside County District Attorney

By Erik Galicia The attorneys representing the family of Ernie Serrano, a man who died in Riverside County Sheriff’s custody Dec. 15, are calling for increased transparency from the district attorney in his investigation of the controversial incident. Justice X law firm attorneys and family members spoke outside the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on

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Oregon senator’s legislative director recounts aftermath of Capitol breach

By Erik Galicia Lingering chemicals burned Isaiah Akin’s eyes as he walked through the halls of the United States’ Capitol, observing the fallout of the building’s first breach since the War of 1812. He was unsure if the stinging residue was a result of tear gas used by police or of some of the weaponry

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