[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING DR. MANUEL BACA
HON. GRACE F. NAPOLITANO
in the house of representatives
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Mrs. NAPOLITANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the long career of
public service provided by an outstanding educator in my region, Dr.
Manuel Baca, who has served the students, staff, and faculty of Rio
Hondo College with distinction for the past 32 years.
Dr. Baca has been an invaluable resource to me and my staff, and will
be truly missed at Rio Hondo College. Dr. Baca has served in many
capacities as Professor of Political Science, Director, Dean, Vice
President, and Interim Superintendent/President of Rio Hondo College.
He also serves on the Board of Trustees of one of the largest community
colleges in the Country, Mt. San Antonio College, and is the immediate
past President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
I have been privileged to work with Dr. Baca in numerous areas that
have improved educational opportunities for students and the needs of
our region. We have worked together on expanding transit services to
the student body and staff by offering free and reduced price transit
passes and buying shuttle buses for enhanced connectivity, Dr. Baca has
supported the growth of Rio Hondo College's police, fire and first
responder training programs that have benefited the greater Los Angeles
Community by providing a well-educated workforce for our public safety
I am particularly thankful for the work Dr. Baca has done to increase
educational opportunities at Rio Hondo College for veterans. As a
veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Baca understood the
important role Rio Hondo College could play in helping post-9/11
veterans and all veterans receive workforce training and other services
to start new careers and assimilate into civilian life. In addition,
Dr. Baca has assisted in organizing veteran student summits throughout
the State of California. Our nation is grateful for Dr. Baca's service
as a Marine and his continued service to the men and women of our
Dr. Baca has been a role model and leader in opening up opportunities
for Latino/a students by advocating for legislation at the state and
federal level to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Rio Hondo College Community and the
many people he has impacted in the greater Los Angeles Region, I ask my
colleagues to join me in congratulating Dr. Manuel Baca on his
retirement, and thanking him for his long career of public service to
Rio Hondo College, the State of California and our nation.