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“Black Student Success Center” in the works for ARC

(Logo courtesy of Tera Reynolds)
Both Nick Daily and Tera Reynolds have been working on building a virtual space for Black students
December 20, 2020

Staff members Nick Daily and Tera Reynolds are currently in the process of developing a virtual (for now) “Black Student Success Center” for American River College, which is expected to debut sometime...

District announces BLM task force

Toni Shiffmaier and the four student senate presidents of the district were motivated to launch a BLM task force after the death of George Floyd and other cases of police brutality against African-Americans this year. (Photo by Emily Mello)
Los Rios Student Trustee Toni Shiffmaier and the four student senate presidents from each LRCCD college have been working on the task force since the summer
December 17, 2020

The Los Rios Community College District is in the process of forming a Black Lives Matter task force in response to the death of George Floyd and other incidents of police brutality against African Americans...

ARC provides option to select gender pronouns in learning platforms

As of October 2020, all students and employees can now indicate their gender pronouns in eServices. Any changes made reflect in Canvas and on official rosters. (Photo illustration by Ariel Caspar)
Students and employees can now select their pronouns in Canvas, eServices, rosters and Zoom
December 14, 2020

Earlier this semester, it was announced district-wide through various mass communication platforms—including the American River College website—that in recognition of the Los Rios Community College...

ASB holds last meeting of the fall

ASB at American River College held its final meeting on Dec. 4. Towards the end of the meeting, the organization took some time to go over lobbying practices.
The student senate welcomed new member, explores app creation and practiced lobbying in its final meeting of the semester
December 12, 2020

The Associated Student Body held its final meeting of the semester on Dec. 4, where student representatives discussed last-minute details and updates before the upcoming winter break. At the top of...

Los Rios offers classified staff alternate schedules for spring semester

As the pandemic is making it harder to balance work with other tasks in life, Los Rios offers different work schedules for their classified staff in the spring to help bring that balance back. (Photo from of
Classified staff will be able to modify work schedules as school closures continue
December 10, 2020

The Los Rios Community College District will be giving its employees more options for work hours heading into the spring 2021 semester. With classes fully online next semester due to the ongoing pandemic,...

Los Rios’ Health Center now offering one-on-one services for physical and mental health

With 2020 being one of the most stressful years staff and students at ARC have had to deal with, there are ways to get support in dealing with stress in these uncertain times. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Zamora)
Students and faculty are dealing with stress both mentally and physically and need help coping during these uncertain times.
December 8, 2020

The Los Rios Community College District’s administration realized how the pandemic and the recent election have impacted both students and faculty at American River College, and, as a result, has taken...

Current wins 10 awards at online journalism event

The American River Current walked away with the General Excellence award for the forth year in a row, along with several other awards.  (Photo by Emily Mello)
November 30, 2020

The Journalism Association of Community Colleges held its fall 2020 virtual conference from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, taking the event online in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Current, was represented...

Aramark reduces student workforce due to campus closures

Since the campus shut down in March, Aramark has laid off 35 students. (Photo illustration by Emily Mello)
Aramark laid off 35 student workers and isn’t offering services this semester
November 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in American River College closing its campus until at least the spring 2021 semester, Aramark has also closed the ARC cafeteria and franchising operations....

Selection of new ARC president concludes

 During Thomas Greene’s tenure as American River College’s president, he pushed the college to place additional emphasis on supporting students in achieving their educational goals. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Hurtado)
Students and faculty question candidates for Thomas Greene’s position
November 17, 2020

American River College President Thomas Greene announced his retirement from the position in December 2019, after more than five years in the role. On Nov. 10, Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian...

Trump and Biden face off in the last debate preceding the 2020 presidential election

The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden leading to the Nov. 3 election took place on Oct. 22 and was held by the Commission of Presidential Debates at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo from
Will Trump remain in power, or is it time for a new era of Biden? America decides Nov. 3
November 2, 2020

For the first time in presidential debate history, the mics of the candidates were muted during the initial first two minutes following a question from the moderator allowing each candidate to answer without...

ARC opens voting location ahead of Election Day

Jorge Perez, Sacramento County election assistant, stands in front of voting booths inside the ARC community room that he and a group of Sacramento county assistants set up for the college for early voting and Election Day. (Photo by Irvis Orozco)
ARC is one of 84 Sacramento County early voting locations
November 2, 2020

American River College opened as one of 84 Sacramento County voting centers on Oct. 31 and will stay open through Election Day. The center opened up early with extended hours in order for people to avoid...

The Current’s guide to understanding 2020 ballot results

Jorge Perez, Sacramento County election assistant, helps set up ballot machines and signs for the voting center at American River College on Oct. 29, 2020. (Photo by Emily Mello)
Read below to see ballot proposition results
November 1, 2020

The results of the Nov. 3 election have finally been called. Read below to see what passed and what was defeated. Proposition 16: Restoring Affirmative Action Proposition 16 allows for gender, race,...

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