Computer Applications and Occupational Technology (CAOT) Department
Room HH-124, Hyman Hall, first floor, Fremont campus
Rick Arellano, a professor in the Computer Applications and Occupational Technology department at Ohlone College, is a native of Lima, Peru. His five sisters and 87-year-old mother still live in Peru. Rick has lived in Newark for over 35 years and in San Francisco for 13 years.
Rick graduated from high school in Lima at age 16. With meager savings from odd jobs, Rick flew from Lima to Miami, Florida, from where he took a seven-day Greyhound bus trip to San Francisco. He worked in the fields and in restaurants.
Rick enrolled in English as a second language classes in the adult schools in San Francisco. Six months later Rick enrolled at City College of San Francisco where he majored in math; two and half years later Rick graduated with honors. Rick went on to study at UC Berkeley for two semesters. Due to financial difficulties, Rick could not finish his studies at UC Berkeley; he transferred to San Francisco State University where he obtained a B.A. in mathematics.
Right after obtaining his B.A. Rick worked in San Francisco for Horizons Unlimited, a high school dropout prevention program. The next seven years Rick worked in Oakland as a math teacher at Educacion Para Adelantar and at multilingual-multicultural programs at Oakland Tech and Westlake Junior High Schools. During this time, Rick received a fellowship to engage in doctoral studies in Education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California; Rick abandoned the doctoral studies; he chose to study computer science instead. Rick holds a Masters of Science degree in Computer Systems.
Silicon Valley called next. The next four years Rick worked as a computer instructor and programmer at Sysorex International, Tymnet and McDonald Douglas Corporation.
Rick is a certified real estate appraiser and real estate broker. For approximately nine years Rick worked for Great Western Bank and Washington Mutual. As an independent fee appraiser he also worked for numerous other banks and financial institutions.
Rick has been employed at Ohlone College since 1999. He teaches Excel, Access, XHTML, Computer Applications in Real Estate, Real Estate Appraisal, Computer Applications in Accounting, and Computer Applications in Biology and Chemistry.
Rick's community leadership includes:
- Creation of the Ohlone College-City of Newark Senior Center partnership
- Volunteer at the Newark Senior Center (Rick teaches Computer Applications)
- Chairperson Ohlone College Computer Applications Advisory Committee
- Chairperson Ohlone College Real Estate Advisory Committee
- President, AARP Newark Chapter (January 2012 - present)
- Vice President Public Relations, Toastmasters Newark Chapter (July 2011 - present)
- Ohlone College Foundation Board Director (March 2011 - present)
- City of Newark Senior Citizen Advisory Committee member (January 2011-present)
- Newark Rotary Membership Committee Chairperson (July 2011- June 2012)
- Newark Rotary Board member (2010-present)
- Avanzando Board member (2009-present)
- Newark Chamber of Commerce (2010-present)
Rick's awards and recognition awards include:
- Teacher appreciation- Newark Senior Center (November 2009)
- Recognition by the Learning Alliance for Bioscience (LAB) program (September 2009)
- Ohlone College Catch Me Caring Certificate of Appreciation (October 2005)
- Ohlone College Professor of the Month (September 2005)
- Newark Memorial H.S. Certificate of Appreciation 15th Annual Career Fair (February 2010)
- Avanzando Award: Ohlone College Outstanding Educator of the Year (June 2010)
- California State Legislature Certificate of Recognition (June 2010)
- U.S. House of Representatives - Special Congregational Recognition (June 2010)
- Newark Memorial HS Certificate of Appreciation 16th Annual Career Fair (February 2011)
- Teacher appreciation - Newark Senior Center (February 2011)
Rick and his wife Sandra have been married for over 20 years; they have lived in Newark since 1974.
Rick and Sandi have four children who attended the Newark public schools and Ohlone College.