October 2019 
RCCD Foundation Newsletter 
Executive Director's Corner 
One of the most fulfilling things about the work I do for the RCCD Foundation is the nurturing of philanthropic connections to our District’s three colleges. Many of the people I get to engage with are my neighbors, associates, friends, and fellow community servants. Everywhere I go (and even in my own home), I encounter people who have some sort of personal connection to RCC, MVC, or NC and want to learn about how they can help future generations of students.
Each day I am humbled by the number of people who tell me their stories of connection to one of our colleges. People who met their spouses on campus; whose lives were impacted by a caring faculty member that recognized their potential; people whose children are following in their community college footsteps; and people whose businesses are thriving because of our alumni who have chosen to remain in this region and make it a better place to live.

I truly hope that I and my team continue to be thoughtful and attentive stewards of the connections we make with our alumni, friends and corporate partners…and the philanthropic contributions that result from these connections. After all, this is our mission, and I thank you for choosing to be a part of it!

With gratitude,

RCCD Foundation Corporate Partner
Celebrates 10 year Anniversary  

RCC Alumni & Employees at Cryoworks Pictured (left to right) back row: JD DeLaCruz, Joe DeSantis, Jimmy Garcia, Andrew Paine, Douglas Murray, Jonathan Williams, Tim Mast Jr., Nick Theiss, Raymond Diaz, Matthew Miller(not pictured). Pictured (left to right) front row: Nathalie Rosales, Tamara Sipos (RCCD Foundation Board member), Brittanie Evans.

Founded in 2009, CryoWorks, Inc. is a Riverside-based, family-owned and operated small business that provides design, sales, installation and service for cryogenic piping systems. Their customers turn to them for a wide range of products such as bayonets, valves, flex hoses, static vacuum, dynamic vacuum, rigid, flexible and/or hybrid cryogenic piping systems. CryoWorks provides new and used products for storage, distribution and end-user applications. Their diversified market includes food & beverage, semiconductor, electronics, aerospace, defense, entertainment, gas suppliers, solar, research & development, medical & pharmaceutical and automotive industries. 

Tim and Donna Mast pursued their entrepreneurial dreams with CryoWorks. They began with their desire to take control of product quality and company culture. And since then, they’ve excelled in serving customers of all sorts with their knowledgeable staff and exceptional designs. Each individual of the CryoWorks family is proud to take part in the sales, design, engineering, and installation of cryogenic piping systems. CryoWorks continues to provide companies, large and small, with dependable customer service and top-notch products, all with that family-oriented culture.

CryoWorks Inc. is also a major donor to the Riverside City College Welding Program and employs 12 RCC Alumni in various positions within the organization. They established the CryoWorks Welding Technology Scholarship with a specific concentration in TIG welding at RCC in 2017.  

“The CryoWorks Inc scholarship is just another example of the Tim and Donna’s strong connection and commitment to RCC,” said Foundation executive director Launa Wilson. “Members of their own family, as well as their CFO Tami Sipos and a dozen other CryoWorks employees are RCC alumni. I am grateful to know the Masts and honored that they are such strong corporate partners to RCC and the RCCD Foundation.”
Congratulations, CryoWorks Inc., and thank you for the continued support!
Riverside City College 2nd Annual President's Dinner
November 7, 2019 
The RCC President’s Dinner will be hosted by college president Dr. Gregory Anderson on Thursday, November 7, 2019 beginning at 5:30 pm at the Riverside Convention Center. The event will feature special recognition of The Community Foundation as the recipient of the RCC Legacy Award. This award is presented to an individual or organization who has contributed significantly to the college and broader community, and whose work aligns with RCC’s core mission and values.

In addition to honoring the Legacy Award recipient, the evening will showcase students who have excelled in their studies, honor the College and the District Alumni of the Year, and provide an opportunity for President Anderson to unveil his vision for the institution in the coming years.

Tickets and Sponsorships opportunities are available. 

For more information about
Sponsorship Opportunities, please click here 

For more information about 
Ticket or Table reservations, please click here
Moreno Valley College Student
Attends Google Student Veterans Summit
Cesar Vasquez (pictured above), a microcomputer support technician, was selected for the Google Student Veteran Summit (GSVS). Vasquez, who served in the Navy, got an inside look at Google’s unique culture of impact and collaboration during the two-day event for Veterans. He learned about Google's MBA internship program and full-time job opportunities and attended professional development sessions which covered resume building and interview prep. He also had opportunities to meet with other Veterans, GSVS alumni, and Googlers from various functional areas.

"My time at the Google Veterans Summit was amazing," Vasquez said. "I was able to gain insight into how Google hires personnel and attended a panel discussion of Googlers who were Veterans, and they were able to share the path they took to get where they are now. "(Ironically), many of these individuals didn’t have a background in technology, but were able to get a job at Google because they mastered a certain skill that the company was looking for."

Vasquez also attended a career fair hosted by Google. "We were able to engage Google employees and ask them about the product they manage/worked on," he said. "On the last day of the Summit, we participated in a workshop where we were exposed to Google’s interview process. The workshop was intense because we had no time to prepare."

After completing the interview process, Vasquez said, Googlers provided feedback on areas he needed to improve upon. "Overall, the Summit was very informative because it exposed me to a workplace where innovation and out-of-the-box thinking is heavily encouraged," said Vasquez, who is completing his second year of the master’s degree program in Cyber Security at California State University, San Bernardino.

The Summit is open to Veterans entering the first or second year of their full-time, U.S.-based MBA program, and eligible applicants must have served in either the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy. Individuals selected to receive an all-expense-paid trip for the two-day summit at Google’s Mountain View campus.

Our student Veterans are an important part of the RCCD population and there are many ways to contribute to their success. To learn more about the Veterans initiatives and scholarships at any of the RCCD Colleges, contact the Foundation office at 951-222-8626 or email us at

RCCD Foundation Scholarships Open October 21 
There are over 250 scholarships available to students through the RCCD Foundation, and only ONE application is needed to apply.

Who Can Apply:

Admitted students at RCC, MVC, or NC who have a student email address, can apply for scholarships offered by the RCCD Foundation!

To apply, click the appropriate link below

Riverside City College students click HERE     
Moreno Valley College students click HERE
Norco College students click HERE

Please forward to any current RCCD students who may qualify. 

For Donors interested in learning more about the Foundation's Scholarship program, please contact us at RCCD.EDU/FOUNDATION OR CALL US AT 951-222-8626 
New RCCD Foundation Board President 

Mr. Mike Fine has served on the RCCD Foundation Board of Directors since 2016 and was elected by his fellow board members to serve as the organization’s President effective July 1, 2019. He also serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the state’s Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). FCMAT provides fiscal advice, management assistance, professional development, and other related school business services to assist local educational agencies to fulfill their financial and management responsibilities. Prior to joining FCMAT in 2015, Mike served a combined thirteen years as Interim Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent for Business Services and Governmental Relations in the Riverside Unified School District. Mike has previous experience as Assistant Superintendent at Newport-Mesa USD, and at Hughes Aircraft Company and General Dynamics Corporation as a Financial Administrator in accounting and indirect budgets.

Mike graduated from California Baptist University with a Masters in Public Administration and from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Accounting. He has a certificate in Governmental Accounting and Budgeting from the University of California, Riverside. Mike is a lifelong resident of Riverside and spent two years as a student at Riverside City College before transferring to Cal Poly.

“It is such an honor to have Mike as the President of the RCCD Foundation Board of Directors,” said Launa Wilson, Foundation executive director. “His knowledge of the California educational system, along with his deep personal connection to RCC and the broader Riverside community, make him an invaluable resource to the RCCD Foundation and our philanthropic mission”.

 Congratulations on becoming the newest RCCD Foundation Board President!
RCCD Foundation Meetings & Upcoming Events 
Moreno Valley College President's Dinner 
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm 
March Air Force Museum 
22550 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518

Riverside City College President's Dinner
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm 
Riverside Convention Center 
3750 University Avenue #570, Riverside, CA  92501 
Be a part of the event by being a sponsor. This is an opportunity to market your business and support local education.
Click HERE

RCCD Foundation Board of Directors Meeting 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am 
Ben Clark Training Center 
16791 Davis Avenue, Riverside, CA

Room #111
RCCD Foundation Board of Directors Meeting 
Tuesday, January 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am 

Norco College
2001 Third Street Norco, CA 92860 
Center for Student Success,  Room #217

Philanthropy WORKS 
There Are Many Different Ways to Give
  • Scholarships - Donors can provide direct financial support to students at the RCCD colleges by establishing annual or endowed scholarship funds.
  • Programs - Donors can choose to support academic or student support programs at one or more colleges by contributing to programmatic funds.
  • Future Gifts - Many donors elect to remember the RCCD Foundation in their estate plans. There are many vehicles for making future gifts to the RCCD colleges, including bequests, trusts, insurance policies, and many others.
To learn more, click here to view the RCCD Foundation Giving Guide or
contact the Foundation at 951-222-8626 to 
speak to a member of the Foundation team. 

Cash donations are the most convenient method of donating
Donate Now
The Power of Planned Giving 
Planned Giving is the process of arranging a contribution/donation that will be allocated at a future date. Most often granted once the donor has passed away, planned gifts are usually donated through a will or trust. 

Heritage Circle is a recognition program that honors visionary individuals who, by naming the RCCD Foundation in their estate plans or through other planned gift arrangements, contribute to the long-term success of the students, faculty, and programs at Moreno Valley, Norco, and Riverside City colleges.

For more information click HERE or call the RCCD Foundation office at 951-222-8626

There are many options for making a legacy gift to the RCCD Foundation, choose a gift that is right for you.

Bequests - Charitable Gift Annuities - Life Insurance - Gifts of Property - Charitable Trusts 
Alumni - We want to hear from you 
Here at the RCCD Foundation, we are working hard to keep you informed about our philanthropic endeavors for the district. We also want to stay connected to the alumni and update you on any foundation or campus activities. We are in the process of updating our alumni database and if you attended RCC, MVC, or NC please click HERE to update your contact information. 
We look forward to hearing from you! 
RCCD Foundation Team

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