12 things we did in 2017 to build a strong workforce, stronger community
#1 — Education For All
In January, we reaffirmed our commitment to ensure campuses are open, safe, and welcoming to all students, regardless of immigration status. Read more.
#2 — Environmental Award
In February, we won the Sustainability and Green Development Award from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership for Crafton Hills College’s joint-project with the City of Redlands to save about 100 million gallons of water per year. Read more.
#3 — Free Tuition
In March, we commemorated our ninth anniversary of the Valley-Bound Commitment which gives local high school students one year of free college at San Bernardino Valley College in partnership with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Read more.
#4 — Civic Engagement
In April, we became the first college district in the Inland Empire to team up with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. SBCCD hosted Secretary Padilla at KVCR-TV studios for a non-partisan town hall to promote voting among young people. Watch video.
#5 — Students Ready for Workforce
In May, we graduated 3,171 students in the Class of 2017 from San Bernardino Valley and Crafton Hills colleges. Top diplomas and certificates awarded in health and social sciences, business administration, fire technology, and nursing, among others. Read more.
#6 — Meeting employers’ needs
In June, we trained the first class of students in the tuition-free construction trades pre-apprenticeship program, a joint effort by SBCCD’s Economic Development & Corporate Training with the San Bernardino-Riverside Building and Construction Trades Council. Read more.
#7 — Top students
In July, SBVC psychiatric technology program students ranked #1 for earning the top scores on the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians’ exam during the spring 2017 semester, ahead of 14 other colleges. Read more.
#8 — Opportunities for Veterans
In August, we celebrated the grand opening of the Veterans Resource Center at Crafton Hills College for Inland Empire vets and their families. California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Vito Imbasciani delivered the keynote address. Read more.
#9 — New Local TV Shows
In Septmber, we unveiled KVCR’s new local TV programming featuring the best of the Inland Empire. The new shows are, From Scratch, focused on family-friendly DIY projects; Musicology, a music show that spotlights emerging talent from the Inland region; Hidden Hikes, takes you through the trails and natural beauty of Riverside and San Bernardino counties; and Goldy Knows, where local women receive help from Goldy to fix up their homes as well as fixing hearts. Watch videos.
#10 — Building Bridges of Education
In October, we launched the educational opportunities help desk at the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino, a partnership project to increase the Inland Empire’s educational attainment by providing bilingual K-12 and college resources to regional families. Read more.
#11 — Saved taxpayers $10 million
In November, we helped cut the community’s property tax bill by $10 million. SBCCD leadership chose to take advantage of low-interest rates to refinance bonds from Measure P and Measure M approved by voters in 2002 and 2008, respectively, without extending the term of those bonds. The refinancing will result in reduced property tax bills for property owners within the college district, including the cities of Colton, Highland, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Yucaipa. Read more.
#12 — Open for Business
In December, we won the Good Government Award from the Building Industry Association of Southern California Baldy View Chapter, in recognition of SBCCD’s Economic Development & Corporate Training for creating a tuition-free job-readiness certificate to help students gain skills to meet the needs of regional employers. Read more.
SBCCD Board of Trustees
Joseph Williams, Board President
Gloria Macias Harrison, Board Vice President
Dr. Anne Viricel, Board Clerk
Donna Ferracone, Trustee
John Longville, Trustee
Frank Reyes, Trustee
Dr. Donald Singer, Trustee
Autumn Blackburn, Student Trustee
Jajuan Dotson, Student Trustee
Bruce R. Baron
Diana Z. Rodriguez, San Bernardino Valley College
Dr. Wei Zhou, Crafton Hills College
San Bernardino Community College District serves 20 cities in the heart of Inland Southern California and creates new opportunities for 21,000 students eachyear through our two fully-accredited campuses: Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. We cultivate minds and transform our community through our Economic Development & Corporate Training division and KVCR, the region’s National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television affiliate station. Through our day-to-day educational enterprise, SBCCD generates $621 million in local economic activity each year. Learn more: Watch our video.