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October 14, 2022

Veterans Resource Center Support

At a special ceremony on October 7, Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty and Ken Cooley presented the ARC Veterans Resource Center with a $2.5 million check allocated from the 2022 California State Budget. The funds will be used to expand and remodel the center to help improve the experience of Veterans at ARC. The college thanks Assemblymembers McCarty and Cooley for their advocacy on behalf of our students.

Undocumented Student Action Week

Serving the largest number of undocumented students in the state, California Community Colleges are committed to serving ALL students, regardless of immigration status. In its 6th year, Undocumented Student Action Week, October 17-21, is a system-wide campaign to advocate and provide support resources for our undocumented student population. For more information on statewide webinars, activities, and resources, visit the California Community Colleges website. You can download a Los Rios Undocumented Student Action week Zoom background to show your support all week.

The Los Rios colleges will also be hosting a series of students workshops during the week including:

Monday, October 17 at Noon 

DACA Update by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Register in Advance

Tuesday, October 18 at Noon

Health Care Options for Undocumented Students by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Register in Advance

Wednesday, October 19 at Noon

Step-by-Step CA Dream Act Application Overview (CADAA) by Anthony Vega and Patricia Jimenez

Register in Advance

All are invited to a grand opening for the UndocuScholar Resource Connection on Thursday, October 20, from 10:00 - 11:30 am. The location is the Connection’s new space in the Welcome and Support Center building, inside Beaver Cares.

To learn more about services available to American River College’s undocumented students, visit thARC UndocuScholar Resource Connection.

Filipinx American History Month Speaker Series

Please join us for the following speaker series, celebrating Filipinx American History Month:

Friday, October 14, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Model Minority Myth and Filipinx American Student Experience

Presented by: Professor Eugene Gambol

Zoom Registration

Friday, October 21, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

50 years of Filipinx American Studies and Intergenerational Impact of Martial Law and Activism

Presented by:  Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Zoom Registration

Thursday, October 273:00 - 4:30 pm

How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race

Presented by:  Dr. Anthony Christian Ocampo

Zoom Registration

Career Workshop and ARC Career Fair


Interview Strategies

Tuesday, October 18, at 12:00 pm

A successful interview will help you to land that dream job! Join us for tips and advice on how to interview like a pro! All students and the community are welcome.

Register in Advance


American River College In-Person Career Fair

Wednesday, October 19, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: ARC Main Campus - Student Center

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet employers who want to hire American River College students. We look forward to seeing you at the fair.

Register in Advance

Internship Info Month Continues

The Los Rios Work Experience and Internship Program invites you to a series of virtual sessions this October to learn about available, quality, local internships and the organizations that are offering them!

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Pathway to Medical School

Are you interested in becoming a medical doctor? Avenue M provides an opportunity for up to 50 students from our local colleges and districts to be selected as pre-med school candidates. This program provides a supported pathway through UC Davis, CSU Sacramento, or Cal Poly Humbolt to the completion of a pre-med degree. Those who complete the program earn priority consideration for UC Davis Med School. 

The goal of the program is to support underrepresented populations by providing an avenue to and through UC Davis Med School. This is an exciting opportunity and will provide much-needed healthcare and doctors to regions of California where underserved populations live and where doctors are greatly needed.

The upcoming AvenueM Info Session with a walkthrough of the application process and a live Q&A will be Monday, October 24 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please register in advance.

If you can’t attend the upcoming session, you can register to view a previous recording of an information session.


Deadline to Apply for Fall consideration is October 31, 2022.

Deadline to Apply for Spring consideration is March 31, 2023.

Student Emergency Grants

We know that life is unexpected and you may experience a sudden and unexpected emergency that threatens your ability to continue your education, that’s where the Los Rios Colleges Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund can help! The Student Emergency Fund provides grants of up to $1,000 with no repayment obligation. Visit the Student Emergency Fund webpage for eligibility requirements and to apply. 


Eligible students will receive these grants through BankMobile, so please make sure that your BankMobile account is set up.


Here is how the Emergency Grant has helped students continue their education:


“Thank you to all who helped grant me this financial help. It was very stressful to find that something like this happened to me despite me planning ahead with my counselor, and now I feel so much relief. I appreciate your consideration so that now I am able to finish my summer classes and apply to Monterey in August!”


“I started my studies while I was homeless. During this time, I was able to get out of homelessness and focus on rebuilding my life. It will help me continue to get the essentials that I need to continue to be successful in my career in Cybersecurity.”

Beaver Cares Update

ARC’s Beavers Cares program offers a wide variety of services and supports for students. Here are some updates.

  • Beaver Cares now offers on-campus CalFresh Application Assistance with the River City Food Bank on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month. Students can email to schedule an appointment. 
  • The gas card application is live on the Beaver Cares website. Students may apply to receive one $50 gas card each semester. Qualifications include current enrollment in courses at ARC and a brief explanation of their financial need on the application.
  • The 2nd 8-week courses textbook assistance application is now open. Students may find the application on the website.
  • Even though it is 90 degrees outside now, winter is coming. Beaver Cares purchased 300 backpacks to help support our homeless students. Each backpack contains a blanket, gloves, a hat, socks, a rain poncho, toiletry items, and more. Students who identify as homeless will be offered a free backpack. Email for more information.


These are only a few of the services offered by Beaver Cares - visit the program website for more information.

New Exhibit at Kaneko Gallery

ARC's Kaneko Gallery presents a new exhibition, "Hanging on a Thread" by artist Penny S. Hanscom, from October 17 to November 10. There will be a reception on Thursday, November 10 at 3:00 pm. Penny S. Hanscom is an alumni of ARC. After retiring from a career in the corporate world she came to ARC to take art classes. This set her off on a path of being an artist. With what she learned from her classes here she began to experiment with different materials and fibers became her main medium. She has been making "paintings" with fabric for over a decade now and has won numerous awards and has exhibited her work all over the country.

Music Events

ARC’s Music Department has an exciting lineup of events coming up this fall. Here are some highlights:

Thursday, October 20, 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Student Music Showcase

Enjoy a preview of the upcoming performances by the ARC Jazz Band and Jazz Combos.

Thursday, October 27, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

A Tribute to The Beatles

ARC Instrumental Jazz Ensembles presents A Tribute to The Beatles with charts arranged by Bob Florence and Chico O’Farrill for the Count Basie Orchestra, featuring special guests River City High School Jazz Band and the Sacramento Youth Band’s “Tower Bridge Trad” combo.

Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

ARC Orchestra Presents: Great Sacramento Student Orchestras Series

Join the ARC Orchestra in concert with the Folsom Middle School and Sutter Middle School Advanced Orchestras.

Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

You're So Dramaaatic!

The ARC Concert Choir presents a program featuring dramatic choral works directed by Lee Hoffman and accompanied by renowned pianist Carlos McMillan Fuentes.

Wednesday, November 2, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

ARC Vocal Jazz Ensembles in Concert

The award-winning ARC Vocal Jazz Ensembles in concert.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

A Tribute to Those Who Have Served

The ARC Symphonic Concert Band presents a concern honoring those who have served.

Friday, November 4, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Jazz Combo Showcase

Directed by: Dr. Dyne Eifertsen

Visit the online calendar for more information and to get tickets.

Share the Stars

Do you enjoy working with people, learning new things, and sharing that knowledge with others? Do you have a passion for astronomy? If so, consider applying to become a docent for the Community Observatory located at Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center in Placerville. Docents are volunteers of all ages who serve as guides to Observatory visitors and share information on the telescopes, the universe, deep space objects, stars, and planets.

The Community Observatory will train and mentor docents through their learning period by having them shadow experienced docents. Docents are then required to volunteer a minimum of two nights a month (the Observatory is open Friday/Saturday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in Fall/Winter, and from 9:00 to 11:00 pm in Late Spring/Summer). To apply, complete the downloadable application and email it to Carissa Lombardi at

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