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AB 302 would let students sleep on campus overnight

Proposed Assembly Bill 302 could allow community college students who struggle with housing to sleep in their cars overnight on campus. (Graphic illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)
February 19, 2019

American River College may see one more resource for students struggling with homelessness as a proposed bill would require California community colleges to provide spaces for students to sleep overnight...

This former ARC student’s struggle with housing is not unique

Former American River College student Courteney Duren-Hill and her son Gavin Hill lost their mobile home during the spring 2018 semester due to an increase in rent. Now, she has relocated from motel to motel. While attending ARC, Duren-Hill benefitted from the services offered to students. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)
February 13, 2019

It’s morning and Courteney Duren-Hill wakes up to her alarm going off in her living room at her single-wide mobile home in Caravan Village near Watt Avenue and Auburn Boulevard. Sighing, she lays in...

American River College students struggle to afford city’s rental prices

The 19J Apartments under construction on Sept. 9, 2018. The apartments will offer over 173 residential units with a size range from 312 to 480-square feet, of which the smallest will cost less than $1,000 a month, according to Mohanna Development Co. The project is expected to be finish by December 2018. (Photo by Itzin Alpizar)
September 19, 2018

As students at American River College struggle to meet the high prices of the city’s rental market, the Sacramento City Council and Mayor Darrell Steinberg held a public housing workshop on Sept. 4 to...

ARC prepares to host food pantry

ARC will be hosting the first of four on campus Food Pantry's this semester on Feb. 21. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)
February 18, 2018

American River College is in collaboration with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services to bring a food pantry to campus on Feb. 21. This will be the first of four opportunities that students and staff...

Department opens up food pantry for hungry students

The 'Nosh Nook' offers free food for students in need. It is located on the third floor of Davies Hall in the Behavioral Sciences Department. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)
November 16, 2017

American River College is home to approximately 30,000 students, over 13 percent of those students may be suffering from a lack of food. However, faculty at ARC are hoping to help these hungry students...

Award-winning journalist and ARC professor launches local media outlet

Journalist Dave Kempa stands near the Capitol Mall  in Sacramento, California on Sept. 7, 2017. Kempa is a winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and recently founded Voices: River City, a news website focused on
September 11, 2017

The neon red cross that reads “Jesus saves,” hangs over The Union Gospel Mission’s front door. The red glow illuminates the barbed wire fence that holds back the line of sweaty, hungry men waiting...

Photo Gallery: ‘Never leave a brother or sister behind’

Larry Gene King salutes the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the state capitol on March 31 in Sacramento, California. King served as a Unites States Marine from 1969-74. (Photo by Luis Gael Jimenez)
April 6, 2017

Larry Gene King served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969-74. During that time he served two tours and was captured as a prisoner of war. Like many veterans, when he returned home he found...

ARC student helps local actor feed the homeless

American River College Film Club president Vince Blake (left) hands a water bottle to a homeless man near Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento. Blake, 19, said he hopes to get more ARC students involved with helping out over time. (Photo by Timon Barkley)
April 20, 2016

An American River College student helped local actor Sosa Hernandez hand out food to the homeless near Loaves & Fishes, a local nonprofit that provides daily meals and shelter to those in need, in...

Transgender student’s search for acceptance leads her to ARC

Regina Drake, a transgender ARC student, holds up a letter from her doctor recommending her for sex reassignment surgery. (Photo by Jordan Schauberger)
January 14, 2016

At the Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento during a candlelight vigil, Regina Drake, a transgender American River College student, read the obituary of a 25-year old transgender woman from Brazil who was killed...

Homeless couple returns to ARC to take classes and collect recyclables

Homeless couple returns to ARC to take classes and collect recyclables
May 12, 2015

As he carries around a white, plastic Hefty bag in the hot afternoon, Bill Cheely said people don’t look at him the same anymore. “It’s like, I was your neighbor,” said Bill. “People steal...

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