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Jaime L. Alvarez, Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees Candidate for Area #3

I am a proud graduate of Rio Hondo College (2003) and capped my collegiate experience at RHC as ASB Treasurer (03′), wrestling team captain, and college “All-American.” In 2006, I achieved a B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University. During my tenure at SF State, I was a “Scholar Athlete”, “Academic All-American”, and
was awarded the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. I completed my undergraduate studies at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden and in 2007, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Saint Poelten, Austria. I completed my graduate studies at Cal State Long Beach and received a Masters Degree
in Political Science (American Political Theory). I finalized my graduate study at the Institute of Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity (InsPIRES) at Stanford University on a research fellowship.
I believe that education is an important part of every community, but especially ours. My priorities can be summed up as in this quote: “As a Rio Hondo College alumni, I am sensitive to the needs of the students. As an adjunct college professor, I am an advocate for higher education and its stakeholders. As planning commissioner, I understand the complexities and challenges of sustainable growth. As a resident, education and community are my priority.” (Jaime L. Alvarez) Currently, I mentor “At-Risk” youth in the San Gabriel Valley, teach American Government as an Adjunct Professor for the Los Angeles Community College District, I am a licensed contractor, and serve my community on the Planning Commission for the City of South El Monte. During my tenure as Planning Commissioner, the city has had progressive growth, has had a balanced budget, and approved housing developments for 140 new families.

Rio Hondo College has a challenging road ahead but I am prepared to tackle immediate issues such as the college’s accreditation, the implementation of the Student Success Initiative (SSI), ready to support programs like STEM (Science, Technology, Math, Engineering) and MESA (Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement) and STARSS scholarships. The latter programs, among others, will help produce the leaders that will address the challenges of sustainable growth. I will be ready to build bridges by encouraging community and educational partnerships which local businesses and our local school districts. Through a collaborative effort we ensure that Rio Hondo College will be prepared to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. My experience and background make me a well-rounded and experienced Rio Hondo College Trustee. I ask for your support to help guide Rio Hondo College into the 21st century. Lets make history together.

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