Rio Hondo College crunches numbers

first_imgOn the positive side, Baca said, the college’s first major construction project in years – the Library and Learning Resource Center – is scheduled to get underway this spring. It is currently out to bid, college officials said. Exterior building panels on several buildings are also set to be replaced, and construction of a new maintenance facility is scheduled to begin this spring as well. In the summer, construction on phase one of a new access road to the campus – called the Rio Hondo Parkway – is also scheduled to begin, officials said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Enrollment in the college’s intersession – a mini-session that took place in January – more than doubled from last year, jumping students to 2,969 from 1,112. However, while the number of actual students at the college has been increasing, the number of units they have been taking is not – and that’s how the state determines how much much funding the college receives, said Henry Gee, vice president of student and community services. As such, the college has started implementing multiple-start classes, late-start classes, incentives for full-time students and other outreach efforts to get the number of units up. “This is our third year in decline and we have a long way to go to increase it,” said Teresa Dreyfuss, Rio Hondo’s vice president of finance and business. “Recently, we’ve also been hearing that the state is in deficit mode, between $2 billion and $4 billion,” Dreyfuss added. “So we have a very challenging financial area in the coming years, and we need everyone to help out.” WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College’s campus rebuilding project may be ready for a roll-out this spring, but challenges in enrollment and the budget also lay ahead, administrators said Tuesday at the annual State of the College address. Interim college President Manuel Baca said it’s also important to remain optimistic, especially as the campus undergoes the first phase of a a new accreditation process that began last fall. “I want us to feel optimistic that there’s still much we can do,” Baca said. “And my job is to make sure this organization is doing the best it can so staff can do the best job they can to teach and train students.” Interim Vice President of Instruction Marilyn Brock said the college has added 98 new and revised courses to its schedule, along with nine new transferable college classes, 10 vocational classes and 35 non-credential courses. last_img read more