Retail. Hospitality. Tourism.

Working with California Community Colleges to ensure our workforce is


Our Mission 

We cultivate connections between California’s Community Colleges and Retail, Hospitality  and  Tourism (R·H·T) industries to develop and advocate for innovative initiatives to launch students into a career they love.

R·H·T Facts 

Travel industry jobs outpace wages in manufacturing and health care, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s new study Made in America: Travel’s Contribution to Workforce Development.

Retail offers upward mobility and experiences that provide skills that are transferable across industry sectors, according to research by the National Retail Federation, “Retail’s Value on a Resume: How Jobs In Retail Prepare America’s Workforce for Success.”

Career Ready Success Stories 

Jim Sinegal Resized
I can truly say that attending San Diego Community College…

...was a life changing experience for me. There is no question that I would never have succeeded in business if that experience had not been available.

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OCC College Circle
Paul Frank was recently inducted into the OCC’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

He transferred to OCC because he was so impressed by the art there, and he was inspired by Kevin Myers and Chris Amaral, who taught him three-dimensional design and fashion design.

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Meet Your R·H·T Team 

Josh Sweigert - Regional Director North / Far North
VInce Roos - Regional Director Central Valley / Mother Lode
Audrey Le Baudour - Regional Director Bay Area
Sheila Dufresne
Sheila Dufresne - Regional Director Orange County
Joy Hermsen - Statewide Director of Engagement

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