Riverside County Education Collaborative

The Riverside County Education Collaborative (RCEC) is an innovative partnership in the Inland Empire that was formed in July 2014 in response to the White House request to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

Please visit the RCEC (www.rcec.us) website for the latest news and events, as well as school, student and parent resources.


Race to Submit is a countywide competition that is challenging high schools in Riverside County to increase their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CA Dream Act submission rates to help students discover the financial aid available to them. These efforts have led to 15,150 applications submitted in 2014 to 21,592 applications submitted in 2017. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has recognized these efforts and on February 23, 2017, voted to expand this competition statewide in 2018.

Learn more at: www.rcec.us/race-to-submit


Race to Rigor is challenging high schools in Riverside County to increase students’ access and success in rigorous coursework including UC/CSU A-G, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, and International Baccalaureate (IB) to ensure preparation and academic success in college. As a result of our efforts, students of Riverside County have increased college enrollment in the fall immediately following graduation from 15,026 students in the class of 2013 to 16,550 in the class of 2016. (National Clearinghouse Student Tracker Data)

Link: www.rcec.us/race-to-rigor/


College Kickoff focuses the month of October on K-12 college and career readiness and is connected to the Riverside County Office of Education pledge—that all students in Riverside County will graduate from high school well prepared for college and the workforce. Additionally, the campaign is an outgrowth of the Riverside County Education Collaborative (RCEC) that was lauded in 2014 by President Barack Obama for increasing college-going rates in the Inland Empire. These events take place during the school day and include college application workshops, PSAT testing, financial aid application workshops, financial literacy activities, and college exploration. During College Kickoff 2016, 15,528 seniors and in total 63,803 9th-12th grade students participated throughout Riverside County.

Learn more at: www.rcec.us/college-kickoff


AP Readiness is a partnership with the University of California, Riverside Graduate School of Education and Riverside County Office of Education. It is a supplemental program designed to provide additional academic support for students preparing for AP examinations. AP teachers can also attend these instructional sessions with their students and participate in professional development from highly effective AP teachers in Southern California.

Link: apr.ucr.edu


College Signing Day has partnered with the Better Make Room foundation to promote and celebrate all graduating seniors and their post-secondary plans. In May 2017, 44 College Signing Days were held across Riverside County High Schools celebrating over 15,000 class of 2017 graduates, committing to their college or university of choice.

Link: www.rcec.us/download/better-make-room-college-signing-day-toolkit


The School Counselor Leadership Network provides opportunities to collaborate and share best practices to create a high-performing culture that promotes college and career readiness. Our goal is for Riverside County students to be successful in completing a rigorous course of study in pursuit of a seamless transition to postsecondary education. Over 500 school counselors from Riverside County attend each network convening.

Link: www.rcec.us/school-counselor-leadership-network-2/


Race to Ready is an intentional effort by the Riverside County Educational Collaborative to align our K-12 and higher education systems with success strategies that will ensure greater college and career readiness among our students graduating from our high schools. RCEC partners with Mt. San Jacinto College, Moreno Valley College and University of California, Riverside to improve pathways for all students with an emphasis on using multiple measures for placement, reducing remediation, and expanding dual enrollment opportunities.

Link: www.rcec.us/race-to-ready/