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2020: Ruben Aguilar

Ruben Aguilar


Ruben Aguilar
2020 64 RCCD Alumnus of the Year
(Norco College)

The Riverside Community College District Chancellor and Board of Trustees are honored to announce Ruben Aguilar as RCCD's 64 Alumnus of the Year. The award was created in 1959 with a mission of recognizing the achievements of alumni who have made a difference in their community and exemplified what it means to be exceptional in a field of work.

As a United States veteran and purple heart recipient, Aguilar has sacrificed much. He enrolled at Norco College (NC) in 2009 after serving in the military. He was a pioneer in starting the Veterans Resource Center at Norco College and helped shape what it is today. During his time at NC, Aguilar endured many obstacles but he did not give up even when he wanted to throw in the towel. Instead, he went on to earn a master's degree in Kinesiology from California Baptist University. Today, he has come full circle and is now a full-time Kinesiology professor at his alma mater, Norco College. In his spare time, Aguilar works out at his CrossFit gym, where he is the co-owner. He also volunteers his time to his non-profit organization, A-1 Skyraider, based in Rubidoux, where he grew up. The non-profit focuses on helping youth stay away from gangs and violence. He is passionate about paying it forward and serves as a role model for those around him.

“Ruben Aguilar exemplifies why the RCCD Alumnus of the Year award was created, said RCCD Chancellor, Wolde-ab Isaac. “He joins a long list of individuals who have used their knowledge, personal skillset and life's purpose to impact others."