Tag: Wolde-Ab Isaac

Details of RCCD campus re-openings still unclear

By Leo Cabral As COVID-19 cases have surged and fallen in the last year, and as the virus mutates, the state has experienced shutdowns, soft re-openings and indefinitely delayed in-person events. Since California returned to its Blueprint for a Safer Economy system of re-opening Jan. 25, the Riverside Community College District’s Safe Return Task Force

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Riverside Community College District faculty call for changes to Board of Trustees committee meetings

By Erik Galicia Riverside Community College District faculty have raised concerns that the current structure of Board of Trustees committee meetings is cutting into the district’s shared governance processes. The board holds two meetings per month: a committee meeting on the month’s first Tuesday and a regular meeting on the second. Committee meetings are meant

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Riverside Community College District’s new budget aims to mitigate COVID-19 impacts

By Erik Galicia The Riverside Community College District has reduced spending in order to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19. The new budget, unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on Oct. 20, does not reflect the cuts previously proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state faced a $54.3 billion deficit earlier this year, but

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Riverside Community College District enrollment drops

By Chloe Hunter Enrollment at the Riverside Community College District has dropped 13% this semester.  It is the largest decrease in the district’s history. Wolde-Ab Isaac, district chancellor, tasked a research group in the Educational Services and Strategic Planning Department with working on understanding the enrollment decrease. The district aims to identify which ethnicities are

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Riverside Community College District campuses may fully open in spring 2021

By Erik Galicia Students may be allowed back to their respective Riverside Community College District campus by spring 2021, assuming everything goes as planned. The district’s Safe Return Task Force has outlined a four phase plan for returning to campus, which aligns with the California Resilience Roadmap stages of reopening. Phase D, which assumes the

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Riverside Community College District reacts to ICE order on international students

By Erik Galicia Already reeling from financial insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverside City College student Anthony Jardillier wondered how he would navigate the uncertainty caused by a new federal order that threatens his legal status. Jardillier, an international student from France, began studying business at RCC in 2018 and hopes to earn a

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Riverside Community College District creates task force to examine procedures for safe reopening of campuses

By Erik Galicia A task force is making recommendations for the safe reopening of the Riverside Community College District. “This is a very large task,” Robin Steinback, Moreno Valley College president and head of the new task force, said at the Board of Trustees meeting May 19. “It’s much easier to invite people to leave

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Journalism instructor Allan Lovelace retires from Riverside City College after 24 years

By Erik Galicia The plaques that line the walls of the Viewpoints newsroom at Riverside City College are so many that they leave little room for much else. However, Allan Lovelace, the full time journalism instructor since 1996, affirms that Viewpoints is not in it for the awards. He will be retiring at the end

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Riverside Community College District foresees $16.9 million shortfall

By Erik Galicia Fallout from California’s pandemic related deficit may result in a budget shortfall of around $16.9 million for the Riverside Community College District. “We sit here in a very different fiscal situation than the one we were in a couple of months ago,” Aaron Brown, vice chancellor of Business and Financial Services, said

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Remote learning at Riverside Community College District to continue through fall term

By Erik Galicia Two weeks after the announcement that the summer term will be completely online, it has been decided remote learning will continue through the fall semester. “Due to requirements for physical and social distancing, there will be no face-to-face only sections offered,” Wolde-Ab Isaac, the Riverside Community College District chancellor, said in an

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