Important Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff

The San Bernardino Community College District sent the following message to students, faculty, and staff on April 9, 2021.

By now, you may be aware that California has surpassed a major milestone in the fight against COVID — administering more than 20 million vaccine doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities, helping hospitalizations to steadily decline. With these public health improvements, California aims to fully reopen on June 15, while continuing to require masking and encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

Before we come back and reopen our campus doors on August 1, we will update our SBCCD Reopening…


The San Bernardino Community College District sent the following message to students, faculty, and staff on March 29, 2021.

We are deeply troubled by the escalating discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community since the COVID-19 pandemic changed our daily lives.

Everyone here at the San Bernardino Community College District stands in solidarity with those who are facing racial prejudice, verbal abuse, harassment, and even physical violence.

However, it’s not enough to condemn acts of hate.


First college district in SoCal to pilot training program with roots in California’s 2018 wildfires

Jesus Romero, left, and Boaz Van Huekelem graduated from SBCCD’s 200-hour training program to enter one of California’s most hazardous jobs.

Nine students graduated at the San Bernardino Community College District after training for a career that few people would even be willing to try.

Basically, it involves handling a chainsaw while maneuvering around fully grown trees near utility lines. No problem, right? Not for San Bernardino resident Jesus Romero, 25, who said he likes the idea of working in a tree because it sets him apart.

“Your office is outside,” he said after the graduation ceremony. “I don’t know how other people see it, but as long as I’m outside, that is enough for me.”

In their 200 hours of…


SBCCD Interim Chancellor Jose Torres: “We look forward to learning more about The White House’s plan to expand vaccine access to all adults.”

Today, the San Bernardino Community College District announced that Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College would continue operating mostly online through the fall semester.

In an email sent to the campus community, Jose F. Torres, Interim Chancellor, said protecting the community’s health has to be the top priority.

“Remaining off-campus, for now, reduces the risk of widespread infection while many of our adult students wait their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” Torres said. “We look forward to learning more about The White House’s plan to expand vaccine access to all adults.”

Currently, vaccines are reserved for people…


Paramedics student volunteers jumped into action

“This is exactly the kind of quick response that we have trained for,” said Amanda Ward, director of the CHC paramedic program. She and Kristen Clements, paramedic program instructor, supervised the students during the clinic.

Employees at the San Bernardino Community College District and Yucaipa Unified School District received some welcome news on Friday, Feb. 26. If they responded quickly, they could make an appointment to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on the campus of Yucaipa’s Crafton Hills College (CHC).

It was short notice, but given how scarce vaccine appointments have been during the COVID-19 pandemic, these employees did not seem to mind.

“I was impressed with how well organized the pop-up vaccine clinic was,” said Delmy Spencer, CHC’s vice president of student services, after receiving her shot Friday. “Everyone was friendly and welcoming.”

She…


Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges give SBCCD colleges full seven-year reaccreditation

Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College are among four colleges in California to receive a full seven-year reaccreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). This is a vote of full confidence from education experts about the quality of the education provided by both campuses part of the San Bernardino Community College District.

The good news arrived on February 1 to Interim Chancellor Jose F. Torres, and he immediately sent his thanks to the campuses.

“Our momentum keeps growing and today is proof of just that,” Torres wrote in an email. “We are poised to…


Update for students, faculty and staff (Dec. 5, 2020)

The following message was sent by the San Bernardino Community College District to students, faculty, and staff on December 5, 2020.

Dear students, faculty, and staff:

Starting Monday, December 7, the San Bernardino Community College District, Crafton Hills College, and San Bernardino Valley College will observe California’s new Regional Stay Home Order.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and now, Southern California’s hospital system has less than 15% available intensive care unit (ICU) beds to treat individuals infected with the coronavirus. Public health officials urge us to observe the new Regional Stay Home Order to save lives.

The order will remain…


“I had a lot of growth at Crafton Hills College”

Crafton Hills College alumnus Tyrone Ross. (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

Tyrone Ross traded football for academics. He is not sorry.

He grew up poor in Pittsburgh, hoping football would get him to college. But after he arrived in Redlands to live with his sister, advisors at San Bernardino Valley College showed him football was not his only path to glory.

“I had a lot of growth at Crafton Hills and Valley College,” he said. “I learned to trust education over other things. My advisor helped me make a list of the pros and cons of football. It had more cons.”

So he flipped a switch in his head to academics…


Dr. Anne L. Viricel, Chair of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees.

Dr. Anne Viricel, Chair of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, has been appointed to the California Community College Women’s Caucus Advisory Committee, a consortium of women serving on community college boards who work to empower women.

Established earlier this year, the self-governing caucus met during the summer to set goals related to recognizing women’s contributions to higher education, supporting leadership development, and advancing career opportunities and pay equity.

“I’m excited to work with leaders from across California on our shared priorities,” Viricel said. …


You can now watch online, or on your mobile device, your favorite PBS shows like Nature, NOVA, The Great British Baking Show, and California’s Gold with Huell Howser.

Watch now at kvcr.org/live.

And if you really can’t stay off the news, EMPIRE KVCR 91.9 FM and TV Channel 24 will both broadcast special election night coverage. FNX | First Nations Experience is also co-producing and carrying a special national live broadcast in partnership with Indian Country Today, looking at elections from a Native American perspective.

Watch the coverage live on TV Channel 24 and on FNX Digital Channel 24.2 from…

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

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