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Alcoa Foundation grants $30,000 to the Alliance for Education

Alliance_for_Education AlcoaAlcoa Foundation has announced a $30,000 grant to The Alliance for Education, San Bernardino County’s premier partnership between businesses and education communities working to foster Science Technology Education Math (STEM) learning both in and out of the classroom in all age groups. The Alliance is focused on supporting strategic work in three areas: education, family involvement and economic and workforce development.

Alcoa Foundation made the announcement after Alcoa announced today that it had completed the acquisition of Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet engine components with facilities in the Sheffield area. The company closed the transaction, which was announced on June 26, 2014, after receiving all of the required global regulatory approvals and arranging financing for the deal.

“Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to supporting STEM education is key in changing the future for our students and communities,” said Debra Mustain, Interim Director, The Alliance for Education. “We welcome their partnership and look forward to sharing exciting learning experiences in the field including opportunities to explore STEM careers and educational options beyond high school.”

The funds will support The Alliance for Education’s continued effort to increase interest in STEM by engaging diverse and under-represented populations in rigorous real-world academics and educational events. At least 2,500 students from 10 schools will increase their knowledge about postsecondary and career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

“Alcoa Foundation focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in STEM studies,” said Scott Hudson, Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach, Alcoa Foundation. “We believe this partnership with The Alliance for Education will help foster future leaders in California.”

Alcoa Foundation was established six decades ago to extend Alcoa’s values to benefit the communities where it operates. Since 2000, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $10.3 million in Southern California, partnering with nonprofit organizations to address community development needs and advance Alcoa’s core priorities around environment and education.

Cradle to Career Task Force begins making an impact

20141105-C2C-TaskForceMtg20Working collectively to improve high school graduation, and college and career readiness for San Bernardino County’s students was the impetus for the Nov. 5 kick-off meeting of the Cradle to Career Task Force, a group of approximately 50 educational stakeholders representing all cross sections of the community who gathered at the Roy C Hill Education Center.

Task Force members are working to identify evidence-based strategies and metrics to achieve success indicators across the grade spans of the Cradle to Career Roadmap.

The Cradle to Career Roadmap identifies key milestones in a child’s academic/career and personal/social readiness, encouraging partnerships with all sectors of the community to support the goal of meeting the educational needs of all students from cradle to career.

The Roadmap was adopted on October 10, 2013 and solidified a significant milestone for Collective Impact efforts in San Bernardino County.

“It’s exciting to see this work coming to fruition through collective, community action—or a Collective Impact approach,” said County Superintendent Gary Thomas. Superintendent Thomas and Tomas Morales, president of Cal State University San Bernardino chaired the Education Element Group of the Countywide Vision that initially engaged a group of community members—including early education, higher education, government, business, labor, faith and community-based organizations, along with parents and families—in the development of the Cradle to Career Roadmap.

“Academic readiness is a necessary condition for college success and is multi-dimensional,” said President Morales in his welcome. “Your work as task force member will look at some of the research and proven practices that can continue to move the marker in an upward direction for our students and our region.”

Guest speakers from medical, engineering field needed for career day

cjcccareerdaySlover Mt. High School in Bloomington is looking for guest speakers in the medical and engineering fields for career day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Guest speakers will be asked to share information about how they were able to become employed, what kind of skills and training students need, what opportunities are available in the field and what they like about their job.

Presentations will take place in the Slover Mt. High School classrooms. Presenters are encouraged to bring eye-catching displays and promotional handouts.

Lunch will be provided to all presenters.

Email Melissa_Dix@CRY-ROP.org to if you are interested in participating. Questions? Call Melissa Dix at (909) 793-3115 ext. 315.

Career Day is being presented by the Colton Joint Unified School District’s Community Cabinet. For more information, visit www.cjusd.net/community.



Launch Initiative moves to improve economy in Inland Empire

ieepThe Inland Empire Economic Partnership is bringing together local business, government agencies, schools, housing advocates, public health and human service experts as part of “Launch Initiative” an effort to improve education and the economy in the Inland Empire.

According to this article in The Sun newspaper, Mike Gallo, IEEP Board member and president and CEO of Kelly Space and Technology in San Bernardino said the program will help provide “stable housing for impoverished families, and connect them with their own life coach, which would be a mentor to provide them with goals, timelines and accountability, and guide them through the process of becoming self-sustaining and successful members of the community.”

The Sun quotes Gallo saying Launch Initiative will start with a pilot program of 100 families and 40 life coaches.

This effort is a good proposal that will address job training for adults who have aged out of the traditional educational system and has the promise of complementing the Countywide Vision’s Cradle to Career goal.

Read more about Launch Initatiative here: http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20141107/inland-empire-economic-partnership-aims-to-make-impact-against-poverty#disqus_thread




County Mock Trial competition to start Nov. 4

DALOGOSBCSS-4Line-colorThe 33rd annual San Bernardino County Mock Trial competition begins on Nov. 4, and approximately 450 students who represent 30 teams from 27 high schools are scheduled to take part in the event.

The Mock Trial competition simulates a criminal case where students portray the principal courtroom characters on both sides of a case before a real judge. This year’s case is People v. Shem, an art theft
trial that features a pretrial argument on the Fourth Amendment.

The preliminary trials of the competition will be held at the Foothill Law and Justice Center in Rancho Cucamonga, the County courthouse in Victorville and the civil courthouse in San Bernardino. All four rounds of the preliminaries will be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, 12 and 18 and Dec. 2.

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office are co-sponsors of the competition.

After the prelims, the top four teams will advance to the semifinals on Dec. 9 and 10 at 5 p.m. The semifinals will be held at the San Bernardino Civil Court House at 303 W. Third St.

The finals are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 13, at the Foothill Law and Justice Center, 8303 N. Haven Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.

The winner of the county competition will advance to the state finals on March 20-23 in Riverside.

This year’s competing high schools and their respective districts are: Apple Valley and Academy of Academic Excellence (Charter), Apple Valley Unified; Barstow, Barstow Unified; Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga, Chaffey Joint Union; Colton and Grand Terrace, Colton Joint Unified; Encore (two teams) and Hesperia, Hesperia Unified; Citrus Valley, Redlands (Blue and White teams) and Redlands East Valley, Redlands Unified; Carter and Rialto, Rialto Unified; Cajon, San Bernardino and San Gorgonio, San Bernardino City Unified; Serrano, Snowline Joint Unified; Upland, Upland Unified; Adelanto, University Preparatory and Victor Valley, Victor Valley Union High; and Yucaipa, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified. Also participating are private schools Aquinas, Arrowhead Christian, Ontario Christian and Upland Christian Academy.

Last year, Redlands defeated Redlands East Valley in the finals.

For more information about the Mock Trial program, contact David Maya of the County Schools’ office via email at david_maya@sbcss.k12.ca.us.

San Manuel to make $100,000 contribution to Alliance for Education

Alliance_for_Education san manuel indiansOnce again, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is making a big investment in education by providing resources to help support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in San Bernardino County. San Manuel has made a $100,000 contribution to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance For Education to fund the Cultivating Innovation in STEM Schools (CISS) program for one year.

Cultivating Innovation in STEM Schools will strengthen the regional STEM network and culture throughout the county and support major events that serve large groups of middle school students, including the Auto Club Speedway STEM Day and STEMapalooza. This program will also provide supplemental funding to strengthen and enhance several existing or emerging middle school STEM programs that connect to both elementary and high school programs and/or pathways.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with San Manuel, and appreciate their longstanding contributions to the work of the Alliance in developing STEM education opportunities for students across our county, ”  said Ted Alejandre, Deputy Superintendent of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.

For more information concerning the Alliance for Education, contact Debra Mustain, interim director of Alliance for Education at County Schools, at (909) 386-2636 or visit the website at http://www.sbcalliance.org/.

Join Community Vital Signs and transform your community

communityvitalsignsCommunity Vital Signs is working on a Community Transformation Plan that includes goals to address over the next three to five years to make improvements in education, economy, access to health and wellness, and safety. By addressing these areas, we can transform the health of San Bernardino County.

You can be a voice for your community and take part in shaping the Community Transformation Plan County during a live webinar on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.

A recorded version of the webinar will be available on the Community Vital Signs website – you can provide your feedback until Friday, November 21st!

Please join Community Vital Signs for an Online Forum to help transform San Bernardino County into a healthier place to liveworklearn, and play.

Click here to RSVP

Click here to visit the Community Vital Signs Website to download a English or Spanish version of the Online Community Forum flyer.

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Visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what we are doing and how you can join us in transforming the County of San Bernardino into a healthier place to liveworklearn, and play.

New drought regulations and state laws topic of Water Element Group meeting

waterelementmeetingLeaders of water and municipal agencies met today with members of the local business and development sectors to discuss how new state laws and regulations related to the drought may impact community planning and growth in San Bernardino County.

About 70 people convened in Rancho Cucamonga to learn about the state drought measures, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 and Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.

The meeting was hosted by the Countywide Vision Water Element Group, the SANBAG City-County Managers Technical Advisory Committee Water Sustainability Subcommittee and the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association.

Since their first meeting in January 2012, the Water Element Group has been working to develop a long-range plan to ensure water sustainability for the county’s future. The Group consists of leaders representing public and private water agencies, regulators, planners, education, and business.

This effort by the Group marked the first time that San Bernardino County endeavored to address its water needs in a comprehensive, collaborative environment that incorporated multiple watersheds.

The Countywide Vision Water Element Group has produced:

  • A countywide water inventory that revealed the County has enough water to supply residents, business, and agricultural needs through 2035, if there is a commitment from the whole community to invest in capital projects and programs to store new water supplies, protect current water supplies, and increase water conservation efforts.
  • A countywide inventory of water conservation programs.
  • A map that identified land recommended for protection for future local water recharge projects.

During the past year, the leaders of the Water Element Group have met with County and city managers, County and city planning directors, and the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association (BIA) to discuss how they can all work together to ensure there is a sufficient, sustainable water supply to accommodate expected population and economic growth.

At BIA’s Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference in August, water, city and BIA leaders discussed the benefits of collaboratively working on regional 2015 urban water management plans that closely link to County and city general plans.

When Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on September 26, 2014, which in part advocates for coordination of water management and land use planning, the water, city and BIA leaders saw a chance to continue the dialogue they started earlier this year to improve their growing partnership.

To view presentations and other materials from today’s meeting, click here.

Workshop presenters needed to help guide youth interested in health care careers

inland coalitionThe Inland Coalition is looking for for young, dynamic speakers under the age of 30 who reflect the diversity of the region and can actively engage youth for the 2015 Health Professions Conference on Feb. 25, 2015.

Prospective presenters must apply by Nov. 1.

The Inland Coalition provides an adult-type of conference for high school and middle school students to learn more about health care professions. The conference is free for high school and ROP healthcare pathway students in San the San Bernardino, Riverside county areas and the Pomona Valley.

This year’s theme is “Plan Now, Live Well, Serve Here,” which reflects the goals of the Countywide Vision.

The Inland Coalition is specifically seeking professionals to speak on the following topics:

•Primary care careers (nurse practitioners; clinical nurse specialists; physician assistants; and physicians specialized in family medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, pediatric medicine and obstetricians and gynecologists.)
•Allied health professions
•Community College healthcare pathways
•A-G requirements
•Nursing careers
•Working in a clinic
•Medical needs in a medically underserved area
•How to begin your health career in middle school
•Make high school count toward your healthcare career
•The many aspects of health careers
•Financing your health career
•What is a public health career?
•The future of mental health careers

The conference will be held at Cal State San Bernardino in the San Manuel Student Union.

For more information and an application for prospective presenters, click here.

Contact Carol Allbaugh with questions or comments at carol@we-reachout.org.





Volunteer on Make A Difference Day this Saturday

makeadifferenceThe Inland Empire United Way and local nonprofits are encouraging residents to get involved in helping their communities on Saturday, Oct. 25, which is National Make A Difference Day.

Make A Difference Day began in 1990 and is held the fourth Saturday of October.

The Inland Empire United Way suggests volunteering time at a nonprofit near you.

For a list of volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.handsoninlandempire.org/. To read more about National Make A Difference Day, visit http://makeadifferenceday.com/


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