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Wanted: Participants for Career Day at Colton Middle School

coltonjointunifiedThe Colton Joint Unified School District is looking for people interested in presenting to students for Career Day at Colton Middle School on March 17, 2015.

The district would like to provide students with information on a variety of career options to use as tools for planning for their future. Past guests have always had a great time at this event and enjoyed sharing their careers with our students.

By participating, you can increase student and parent awareness of your services.

Presentations will consist of five to six 35-minute discussions to groups of 20-36 students regarding your professional field including time for question and answers. Feel free to bring any media such as video, PowerPoints, pictures and slideshows, visuals or other items to display. Participants will be provided with a continental breakfast and a complimentary lunch.

The event will be held at Colton Middle School, 670 Laurel Street in Colton on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Email Veronica Rodriguez at veronica_rodriguez@cjusd.net or call (909) 580-5009 ext. 3628 to respond to this invitation.

Morongo Basin Education Summit on March 6

copper mountain collegeCopper Mountain College invites the Morongo Basin community, teachers, instructors, educational leaders, business leaders and resource managers to the first Basin Wide Education Summit on March 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Bell Center Community Room.

The Summit supports the San Bernardino County Office of Education’s Cradle to Career Initiative for Student Success.

The Summit hopes to establish basin-wide priorities, strategies, and networks for creating a cohesive K-16 “Cradle to Career” approach to educational success and new levels of collaboration between Copper Mountain College, community and educational partners.

Diane “Di” Strachan, the director of Positive Futures, will facilitate the Summit. She has provided 25 years of city, county, state, and national development and marketing services, leadership training, along with successful development facilitation for communities in transition. She has helped tackle tough community college issues and worked with UC Santa Cruz along with hundreds of small businesses and resource agency managers throughout rural California.

Please don’t forget to RSVP your space to Jolie Alpin at jalpin@cmccd.edu.

Fontana Community Cabinet holds inaugural meeting

Students from A.B. Miller High School in Fontana came to the event to interview, videotape and photograph participants.

More than 100 people participated in the Fontana Unified School District’s first community cabinet meeting on February 11, which was held at the district’s adult school site.

Fontana Superintendent Leslie Boozer and her executive cabinet members introduced themselves and shared their outlook on increasing academic success for students throughout the district.

The community cabinet plans to meet quarterly with the next scheduled meeting on May 20. For more information about the group, email communitycabinet@fusd.net.

Cucamonga Valley Water continues successful internship program

cucamongavalleywaterLast spring, the Cucamonga Valley Water District and San Bernardino Valley College partnered up to offer a unique student internship program.

The internship allows students to earn one school credit for each 60 hours volunteered with the water district. Each internship session lasts 18 weeks and allows students to learn about the water utility industry.

So far, 28 interns have completed the program and five more are scheduled to start next semester.

The internship was developed as an applied field training course to augment the Water Supply Technology Program offered at San Bernardino Valley College. Interns use the classroom knowledge they gain at the college and apply it to their internship at the water district, rotating through the Water Maintenance, Sewer Maintenance, Field Service, Engineering, Production, and Treatment divisions.

According to the water district, the internship is offered twice a year. Participants come from a wide variety of age groups and backgrounds; many work full-time elsewhere and are looking to enter the water industry. This program affords them the opportunity to earn their internship hours through flexible scheduling, including weekdays, weekends, evenings, and days off, while still working at their current job.

Participants must be currently enrolled in one of the San Bernardino Valley College Water Supply Technology Certificate Programs. If you are interested in participating in this internship opportunity, contact the SBVC Department Chair Achala Chatterjee at (909)384-8507/ achatter@valleycollege.edu or visit www.valleycollege.edu.

Save the date for the first education summit in the Morongo Basin

copper mountain collegeIn support of the Countywide Vision’s Cradle to Career goal, Copper Mountain College is holding their first Basin-Wide Education Summit.

The Summit is scheduled at 1 p.m. on March 6 and will establish priorities and networks for a cohesive Morongo Basin K-16 and increase educational success of all students through collaboration.

More details of the Summit will be forthcoming.

Portion of Santa Ana River Trail receives $3.4 million in funding

SANTA ANA RIVER TRAILThe California Coastal Conservancy Board on Thursday approved $3.4 million for construction of a portion of the Santa Ana River Trail in San Bernardino County.

Once completed, the Santa Ana River Trail will be about 100 miles long and will connect the Inland Empire from the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean near Huntington Beach. Once complete, it will be one of the longest urban recreation river parkways in the United States.

The $3.4 million will be used for the construction of Phase 3 of the trail from Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino to California Street in Redlands. This trail segment consists of a paved bikeway – a shared use path that is physically separated from any street or highway and may be used by pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, and other non-motorized users.

The funding is part of the Proposition 84 bond that allotted $45 million to the Santa Ana River Trail, giving each county $10 million towards their segment of the trail. The California Coastal Conservancy Board is the administrator of these grant funds.

Once accepted by the Board of Supervisors, the County can begin working on construction documents, permits and then construction of the next 3.8 miles of the trail. After completion of Phase 3, there will still be 11 miles of the trail to compete which could take approximately four more years.

To view a map of the Phase 3 segment, click here.

Edison International grants STEM scholarship funds to VVC

vvcollegeIn response to Victor Valley College Foundation’s “Year of STEM” campaign, Edison International recently awarded Victor Valley College a $22,500 grant to reach out and support students pursuing an education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

This generous gift helps to strengthen the campaign’s goals, which is to increase the number, diversity, and success of students participating in STEM fields of study. The program will provide 20 scholarships and more than one thousand hours of tutoring which is essential for many students to have a positive outcome in STEM disciplines.  Today, at minimum 4,600 students attending VVC need some tutoring support in STEM subjects.  The STEM scholarships offered through this project will be enhanced by ensuring students who receive scholarships also have access to adequate tutoring.

In addition, the funds will facilitate grants for faculty to implement innovate ideas and curriculum to provide hands on experiences for students in STEM.

“We have had a long standing partnership with Edison International and are grateful for their generous investment in our students at Victor Valley College,” said Hamid Eydgahi, Victor Valley College Dean of S.T.E.M.  “This funding opportunity from Edison International supports a group of committed STEM faculty, who facilitate learning in a student-focused classroom, and provide instruction of the highest caliber.”

Research has shown, for students to be competitive as they graduate from college and begin their careers in this new information based and highly technological society, it is critical they develop their capabilities in STEM far beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.  As a good Corporate Citizen, Edison International is partnering with VVC to respond to today’s workforce needs.

Edison International is committed to addressing important issues like education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement. Last year, Edison awarded $19.7 million to community programs that make a difference in these areas, along with $3.1 million in STEM scholarships to help students earn degrees and contribute to future innovation.

To get more information or to apply for scholarships, please contact the Victor Valley College Foundation. The Victor Valley College Foundation is a charitable organization that makes friends and raises funds to help Victor Valley College better serve its students and community. Visit www.vvcfoundation.com or find us on Facebook to join the growing number of people and organizations who contribute to support our mission. For more information about Victor Valley College and the programs available, visit www.vvc.edu. To learn about Edison International visit http://www.edison.com/home/community.html.

Help needed to promote mental and physical health awareness

coltonjointunifiedThe Colton Joint Unified School District is holding a Resource Fair from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 21 to help promote mental and physical health awareness at Colton High School.

The District is inviting people and organizations whose work is related to the four Community Cabinet committees of College and Career Readiness, Mental/Health Awareness, Early Preparation and Literacy to participate.

This is an opportunity to provide expertise, information and services to the students and parents of Colton Joint Unified School District.

The goal of the resource fair is to connect community services with students and parents in the area of mental and physical health to help students achieve academically and socially.

Email scott_boggs@cjusd.net or peter_tasaka@cjusd.net if you are interesting in participating.

For questions, please contact Scott Boggs at (909) 580-6163.

For more information about the event, click here.


Winter season farmshare registration available

VegetablesHave you made a resolution to “live healthier” in 2015? Why not start with a Farmshare? Registration is now open, and it’s easy to do.

A Farmshare is your ticket to a weekly supply of fresh, honest, local food sourced from right here in Southern California. It is a pre-paid weekly delivery of fruits and vegetables for 13 weeks/3months; 4 seasons/year.

The Downtown Farmshare takes place at:

* Court Street Square (Corner of Court and E Street) in San Bernardino

* Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information about registration or how the program works, please click the following link: Registration Packet  or view the PDF version of the Registration Packet here.

You may also visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/downtownsbfarmsharemarket.

Auto Club Speedway invites schools to Lefty’s Reading Challenge

acs lefty logo 2012The Auto Club Speedway has developed a successful reading incentive program called “Lefty’s Reading Challenge” to get students reading while offering prizes during NASCAR Racing Weekend.

The program is endorsed by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office and the Countywide Vision project because it coincides with the regional goal of preparing all children to succeed from cradle to career.

The Speedway is inviting schools across San Bernardino County to participate. In exchange for reading books, participating students and classrooms will earn admission for themselves and their parent/guardian to the Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Racing Weekend events held on March 21 and 22, 2015. In addition, participating schools have the opportunity to win prize money for their school libraries.

Visit the Speedway’s website to register your school at www.LeftysKidsClub.com/readingchallenge. The deadline to register is January 9. Auto Club Speedway will send out all the materials needed for students to participate.


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