12 things we did in 2017 to build a strong workforce, stronger community

San Bernardino Community College District Year in Review

SBCCD Colleges
5 min readJan 7, 2018


San Bernardino Community College District includes Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, Economic Development & Corporate Training and KVCR TV/FM — the primary PBS and NPR affiliate station for Inland Southern California.

#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.

At Inland Empire Economic Partnership gala, from left, Vice Chancellor Jose Torres, Chancellor Bruce Baron, Trustee Frank Reyes, Trustee Donna Ferracone, Facilities Director Larry Cook and Crafton Hills College President Wei Zhou.

#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.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lyn Valbuena with scholarship recipients of the Valley-Bound Commitment program at at San Bernardino Valley College.

#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.

Crafton Hills College President Wei Zhou, San Bernardino Valley College President Diana Z. Rodriguez and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

#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.

San Bernardino-Riverside Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary/Business Manager Bill Perez with pre-apprenticeship program students.

#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.

SBCCD leadership, faculty and staff with Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes and California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Vito Imbasciani at the grand opening of the Crafton Hills College Veterans Resource Center.

#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.

KVCR TV/FM production team and talent at the fall TV line-up preview.

#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.

San Bernardino Community College District trustees and officials from local organizations marked the opening of an Educational Opportunities Help Desk at the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino.

#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.

Crafton Hills College’s Canyon Hall opened in 2015, funded with voter-approved Measure M bond proceeds. The new building houses student preparation in chemistry, anatomy, biology, microbiology and molecular biology.

#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.



SBCCD Colleges

San Bernardino Community College District opens doors of opportunity for 20,000 students at Crafton Hills College & San Bernardino Valley College. www.sbccd.edu