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Our mission emphasizes five core values: driving student success, ensuring equity, providing exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, developing the workforce, and creating an outstanding learning and working environment. The people who work at Los Rios bring the spirit of this mission to life. Get to know some of the amazing people who make up our diverse community.
Please talk about your experience counseling students:
I have worked as a community college counselor for over 20 years. As a counselor, I provide academic, career, and personal counseling to students in addition to teaching classes in the area of Human/Career Development. Additionally, I serve as the campus transfer services coordinator.
I love what I do. My interest within the counseling field began after having been inspired by a mentor/college counselor while I was a student at West Valley College. Counseling students at the community college provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with individuals of incredibly diverse backgrounds, life experiences and with a broad range of goals. This makes for a very exciting work place!
What advice would you give to a new college student?
Give yourself time when deciding on a major! Often, students limit themselves (and their natural interests) by choosing common majors because they believe they can get a good job with that degree. Often, these students don’t care for the coursework and end up doing poorly in their studies as a result. Students should find their passion (and this takes time) and study what they enjoy! It’s important to keep in mind that the majority of undergraduate college degrees will not lead you to a job in a specific field. Students who study what they enjoy can pursue work experience opportunities (such as internships or cooperatives) at the university level to gain experience in areas that pique their interests. The college degree coupled with work experience makes for a powerful combination when interviewing for jobs.
Students who are undecided may consider taking some of our career exploration classes such as HCD 310, 318, 330, or 335. Additionally, taking introductory courses in various disciplines is a great way to get exposure. Classes such as PSYC 300, BUS 300, SWHS 300, ADMJ 300, and ECE 300 provide nice introductions to certain fields.
What’s the favorite part of your job?
When I receive letters or e-mails from students who have transferred on to a four year college and share what is going on in their lives.
What was your proudest moment working with students?
That’s a tough one, as I have many. I have a favorite scenario that occurs with many students which makes me so thankful and proud. That is seeing students move forward with their educational and personal goals who didn’t have the grades or confidence in themselves while attending high school. Coming to the community college gives students an opportunity to begin with a “clean slate” and start over. It is incredibly powerful to watch these students transform and empower themselves through their community college experiences and education.
- Outstanding Work in Student Services (West Valley College)
- Rise Above Award (West Valley College)
- Faculty of the Month (West Valley College)
- Innovation in Articulation Recognition (CIAC)
Chris Clark has his A.A. from West Valley College and B.A. and M.S. from San Francisco State University.
We care about the wellbeing of our employees and their families. From health care to holidays, we are committed to supporting our employees’ happy and healthy lifestyles and encouraging work-life balance. Eligibility for benefits depends on a variety of factors, including employment classification. The following are some of the benefits we offer:
- Medical insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Flexible spending account (FSA)
Future Financial Security
- 403(b) tax deferred savings program
- 457 deferred compensation savings program
- CalSTRS and CalPERS
- Long-term care insurance
- Employee assistance program (EAP)
- Wellness programs
- Paid time off, including vacation, sick, and parental leave
- Life insurance
- Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
- Long-term disability
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