Riverside City College provides a high-quality affordable education and engages with a diverse community of learners by offering pre-college, transferable, and career-technical courses leading to locally-approved and state-approved certificates, associate degrees, associate degrees for transfer, and transfer. Based on a learner-centered philosophy, the College fosters critical thinking; develops information competency and technological literacy; expands communication skills; and promotes self-development and global awareness. To encourage student success, the College provides comprehensive learning and student support services; co-curricular activities; and community and Arts programs. RCC supports and empowers students as they work toward individual achievement, intellectual curiosity, and life-long learning.


Riverside City College will expand on its tradition as a premier community college recognized for excellence in education, innovation, and service.


Student Centeredness:

To serve the best educational interests of the students; to offer a comprehensive and flexible curriculum together with programs and services according to diverse and evolving student needs; to treat each other with a sincere, caring attitude and to respond to suggestions and constructive criticism from students; to counsel and advise students to help them plan for and progress toward their individual educational goals; and to recognize outstanding student performance.

Learning Environment: 

To create an atmosphere in which students, faculty, and staff find satisfaction in their work and feel pride in achievement; to provide programs and support services that are responsive to student and community needs; to provide and maintain state-of-the-art equipment and ample supplies necessary for effective learning environments; to provide comfortable, functional, and aesthetically-pleasing facilities and grounds; and to actively support academic and social activities that take place both inside and outside the classroom.

Teaching Excellence: 

To communicate to students a body of knowledge in a creative, stimulating, and challenging manner; to work to establish student and instructor rapport; to maintain the highest standard of professional performance and recognize teaching excellence; to promote the exchange of ideas among colleagues and provide opportunities for professional development; to define for students course goals, objectives and grading standards, making clear the expectation of high achievement; to encourage students to think critically and analytically, applying learning principles, concepts, and skills; and to inspire independence of thought and self-discipline.


To further the traditions of pride, quality, innovation, and professionalism found in this institution; to share our heritage by making Riverside City College the educational and cultural center of the communities it serves; and to build for the future on the foundations of our past.