PRESS RELEASE: Education Leader Ben Johnson to Run for RCCD Board
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Ben Johnson, School Board Member for the Alvord Unified School District, health care industry executive, and parent of two RCCD students, announced his candidacy to serve on the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) Board of Trustees Area 4, which includes Corona, Perris, the La Sierra area of Riverside, and the communities of Woodcrest and Lake Matthews.
“Ben Johnson’s goal for RCCD is to Make Education Count. Through reducing the number of years it takes to graduate, creating a higher level of training to attract qualified employers, and expanding the Completion Counts Program to the rest of the District, Ben Johnson will further the quality education for our students at RCCD”
In addition, Ben plans to work towards offering selected four degrees at RCCD. He believes that California should provide students the same opportunity as fifteen other states, in targeted areas such as nursing, information technology, culinary arts, and law enforcement This need should be filled by the community colleges, not the “for-profit” schools. Doing so would be a “win-win” for students financially and for the business world in need of highly skilled employees.
Johnson is the only candidate with K-12 leadership experience, having served as School Board Member for Alvord for the past 17 years. Under Ben’s leadership, Alvord was able to manage declining revenues while improving academic achievement and minimizing reductions of staff and teacher jobs during the recent recession.
As the only candidate who is a parent of current RCCD students, Ben understands how important it is for children to transition successfully from high school to college. Johnson’s basic principle guiding all his decisions as school board member was “children first.” He will bring that priority to the RCCD Board of Trustees.
Former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge stated “Ben Johnson offers a best practice perspective on education that has been tested, and refined, in years of service to Alvord and the City.”
In addition to his school board service, Johnson represents Riverside County as a delegate and member of the legislative committee for California School Boards Association. He also serves on the Parkview Hospital Advisory Committee, the Riverside Community Health Foundation , Boys and Girls Club, Big Brother and Sisters Advisory Board, and is president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association, and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Riverside. His distinguished record of service earned Ben the Riverside County Outstanding Citizen Award and the JC Penny Points of Lights Volunteer of the Year Award.
Ben and his wife, Stacy, married for 23 years, are proud parents of four daughters. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from UC Irvine.
To learn more about Ben Johnson, please visit his website at www.Ben4RCCD.com.