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Sign up now to participate in the Colton Joint Unified College and Career Fair on Oct. 2

Applications are now being accepted from business, non-profit and government organizations wanting to participate in the Fourth Annual CJUSD College and Career Fair, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Avenue in Colton.

This popular event is a collaborative effort of the Colton Joint Unified School District and City of Colton with sponsorship from the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Omnitrans, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and Horace Mann Insurance (Marcos Mata Agency).

Businesses, government organizations, and non-profits are invited to participate by sharing career pathway information with students. This is an informational-only opportunity and no sales of any kind will be allowed. A table and chairs will be provided to all accepted participants at no cost.

The fair has become a popular tradition in Colton, with the district’s first three fairs each drawing more than 3,000 attendees. The College and Career Fair features more than 100 booths representing colleges, universities, technical/trade schools and career pathways. In addition, this event also features workshops on how to pay for college and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Seniors can even begin or complete their FAFSA application at the fair so that they have a head start in the college planning process. Seniors who attend a FAFSA workshop and complete a survey will be entered in a drawing for a college scholarship offered through Cash for College.

Younger students will enjoy fun, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities, led by students in the district’s College and Career Pathway programs and representatives from our elementary schools.

Booth space very limited, so those interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. To request a spot, please register using this Google form:

http://bit.ly/2019BusinessForm

For more information, please contact CJUSD Communications Specialist Jacquie Paul at 909-580-6502 or Jacquie_Paul@cjusd.net.

Join the 2019 Footsteps to Brilliance Reading Challenge

The second Annual Vision2Read/Footsteps to Brilliance Reading Challenge begins June 1 through September 10, 2019 and families with children ages 0 to 5 can download the Footsteps2Brilliance app for free on Apple or android phones, tablets or computers to get reading this summer!

Register for the Summer Reading Program at www.myf2b.com/register/SanBernardinoCounty and download the app.

Mention the Footsteps2Brilliance Summer Reading Challenge at the upcoming Reading Rally event on September 10, 2019 to receive a free book!

Click here to use the Summer Reading Board and challenge children to color in one star for each day that they play on the Footsteps2Brilliance app and return to a teacher to receive a certificate.

To learn more about the second Annual Vision2Read/Footsteps2Brilliance Reading Challenge, click here.

 

 

SCAG scholarships available for students interested in local government and planning

Each year, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) offers financial support and professional development to a select number of the region’s high school and community college students.

This year, seven scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded to eligible students across the six-county SCAG region (with up to two additional awards available at the Regional Council’s discretion).

The program is designed to help students develop long-term career goals and awardees will be provided a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments and get the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.

Community college students or high school juniors and seniors who live in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura are eligible to apply.

The due date for applications in April 26. Please visit www.scag.ca.gov/scholarship for application materials and additional details about the program.​

County improves health ranking for third straight year

For the third straight year, the Health Ranking of the county has markedly improved.

“The well-being of all county residents is a top priority for the Board of Supervisors,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The County Department of Public Health and the partnerships they have created throughout the county are paying dividends and moving us closer to achieving the goal of a having a healthier, more-prosperous community.”

On an annual basis, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, develops and distributes County Health Rankings (www.countyhealthrankings.org).  The goal is to build awareness of factors influencing health and empower community leaders working to improve health.

This year’s “Overall Rankings in Health Outcomes” was released to the public on March 19, with San Bernardino County ranking 38 out of 58 California counties.  While recognizing continued need for improvement, the county ranked 41 in 2018 and 46 in 2017, improving eight places over the three-year period ending in 2019.

“This improvement is the result of the collective efforts of our staff and our partners,” said San Bernardino County Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare. “Initiatives such as Community Vital Signs (www.CommunityVitalSigns.org), which bring together critical partnerships invested in the health of the community; the Countywide Vision2BActive (www.Vision2BActive.com), which bring to the forefront the importance of the Countywide Vision and an active lifestyle; and recent accreditation efforts undertaken by dedicated Public Health staff were all crucial elements to this success.”

The department looks forward to continued improvement over the coming years.

Interested individuals seeking further information can contact the Community Outreach and Education Program at (909) 387-6604 or visit http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/programs/community-outreach-innovation/.

Find your Vision2Succeed at the county’s largest regional business summit

On Feb. 12, more than 1,000 business, community and government leaders will come together for San Bernardino County’s annual Regional Business Summit and State of the County. For 2019, the event theme “Innovate. Transform. Grow.” recognizes the County’s economic strength, business growth and innovative ideas designed to further transform the region, including the recently launched Vision2Succeed campaign, designed to prepare county residents for the jobs we have and the jobs we want to attract.

The Inland Empire chapter of NAIOP will also hold a real estate industry presentation prior to the State of the County titled “San Bernardino County: The Road Forward.”

For more information, registration and sponsorship information, click here.

Recognized as the largest regional business event in the County, the event will feature a message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman along with interviews to include Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief, Entrepreneur magazine along with leaders from the County’s top industries and businesses such as Garner Holt Productions, General Atomic, China Airlines, Federal Express UPS, NUUO, and Lennar Homes.

“The County continues to lead the state and nation in job and population growth. At a time when business and residents are being priced out of coastal markets, we continue to be a quality choice for business expansion and for a quality lifestyle,” Chairman Hagman said. “That’s why I encourage businesses to make plans now to be part of this event. We will share information to encourage business growth as well as provide a forum for valuable engagement with regional leaders. Bottom line, this event is about business expansion and job creation.”

The 2019 Regional Business Summit and State of the County is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the most influential business owners, presidents, CEO and other decision makers in both the public and private sectors because of the high level of content presented and attendees.

The NAIOP IE panel will begin at 3:30 pm. Registration for State of the County begins at 4:30 pm. The NAIOP panel will be led by moderator Terry Thompson, director of real estate, San Bernardino County with panelists: Bill Heim, principal, Lee & Associates; Doug Jorritsma, senior vice president, Land Advisors; and Val Achtemeier, executive vice president, CBRE and Greg Devereraux, Worthington Partners.

The event will be held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena located at 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario. Sponsorship opportunities for greater business exposure are still available. For more information, visit http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com/About-Us/State-of-the-County.aspx.

Workforce Roadmap shows the county has a Vision2Succeed

San Bernardino County is showing tremendous growth and opportunity, according to research released today as part of the County’s new Workforce Roadmap. The Workforce Road Map identifies current and future needs of the region by using statistical data, labor market information and real-time intelligence.

The research study entitled Labor Market Indicator Report (LMI), conducted by the UC-Riverside Center for Economic Research and Development, showed that San Bernardino County is experiencing an annual net migration of 25,000 people and has added more than 130,000 jobs since 2010 – a 27 percent growth rate. Key employment sectors include logistics, manufacturing – which as increased by 22.5 percent since 2010, and healthcare. The study also calls out the lower cost of home ownership – not just the median home prices. This suggests that San Bernardino County has better opportunities for longer term regional retention than its neighboring counties.

The LMI is the first of three studies that will form a baseline to better understand where the region’s workforce and economic opportunities exist.

Curt Hagman, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, said that the Roadmap and the recently launched Vision2Succeed Initiative are key to achieving the Countywide Vision, adopted by the Board seven years ago. Vision2Succeed is designed to engage the community in a way that strengthens the skills of our local workforce, prepares them for career opportunities and supports and attracts business.

“San Bernardino County is one of the fastest-growing population and employment centers in the U.S. People are coming here to experience a better quality of life and take advantage of the growing economic opportunities that exist here,” Hagman said. “Vision2Succeed and the Workforce Roadmap are two critical steps in establishing our county as a model for attracting businesses and creating partnerships that support the success of every resident.”

“Members of the Board of Supervisors and I have had the opportunity to see the various County-supported internship and other youth career programs in action, and these are game-changers for our region,” said County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride. “Preparing our young people for the jobs we hope to attract is key to capitalizing on our current economic growth and achieving the Countywide Vision to ensure a prosperous and healthy future for our residents and investors.”

In addition to offering labor market intelligence, the Workforce Roadmap will provide asset mapping and real-time economic data to help businesses and stakeholders better understand not only what has taken place in our county, but where the county is going. That understanding will help better prepare workers for future opportunities, while ensuring that growing businesses have a pipeline of trained and qualified employees.

The ongoing effort is being led by the County’s Workforce Development Board (WDB) and Economic Development Agency (EDA) in partnership with employers, educators and businesses.

“As a business owner, there’s so much information out there that it can be difficult to know where to turn to. The Workforce Roadmap pulls together critical information businesses need to succeed. It also engages businesses in a way that’s never been done before, with a focus on how, together, we can build a pool of trained and qualified employees that help businesses grow and prosper,” said Tony Myrell, Owner of Premier Medical Transportation Inc. and Chairman of the WDB.

The Workforce Development Board is the County’s Labor Market Data resource. The information presented will be used to develop forward thinking programs that support job creation and business growth.

“The only way to close the skills gap is to become predictive in nature, rather than reacting to changes after they’ve happened,” said Reg Javier, deputy executive officer, Economic and Workforce Development. “Today’s discussion is not the end of the process, but the beginning of a conversation and partnership between workforce, economic development, education and industry to determine what is needed and how to align systems and resources.”

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.  The WDB strives to strengthen the skills of the county’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is committed to providing County resources, which generate jobs and investment in line with the Countywide Vision.

The Workforce Development Board, through the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, offers a variety of programs designed to help youth and adults identify career pathways and get the appropriate training and skills. Programs funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provide eligible youth, ages 16 to 24, access to a variety of career and educational services designed to help enhance job skills, develop leadership qualities, explore career options, participate in adult and peer mentoring opportunities, and take advantage of work experiences. In addition, the WDB operates San Bernardino County’s three America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC). The AJCCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The AJCCs also support and provide services to the county’s businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Development Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.sbcounty.gov/workforce. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWDB; Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/sanbernardinocountywdb; and YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.

Board of Supervisors endorses Vision2Succeed Initiative

The Board of Supervisors today endorsed Vision2Succeed, a new campaign designed to strengthen the career skills of our local workforce by connecting county residents to opportunities that enhance their qualifications to support existing employers and attract new employers to San Bernardino County.

“A skilled workforce encourages a vibrant economy, and that is why we support Vision2Succeed,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “I encourage our community to get involved in learning experiences and programs that help to propel career growth and lifelong learning. Across the county we have a strong system of schools, colleges and universities as well as training and job resource centers that benefit residents and employers alike.”

A dynamic economy benefits all San Bernardino County residents. The Vision2Succeed.org website is a resource, providing residents with information about career exploration ideas, programs and events focused on workforce and skills development, as well as sharing opportunities to explore and participate in career options such as mentorships, internships and apprenticeships.

“Mentoring programs are a promising approach to enriching the lives of young people, addressing their need for positive adult role models, and providing one-on-one support and advocacy. Through a mentoring relationship, adult volunteers and participating youth make a significant commitment of time and energy to develop relationships devoted to personal, academic, and career development,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer for Children’s Network.

The Board of Supervisors is asking all San Bernardino County residents and businesses to get involved in the launch of Vision2Succeed by posting career-building information on social media. For example, information or personal experiences about becoming a mentor, expanding a business, pursuing a new career or even changing careers. The board is also asking everyone to use the hashtags #Vision2Succeed and #myfirstjob on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

As one of the fastest growing population and employment centers in the nation, San Bernardino County is uniquely positioned to help its residents receive the skills they need to prosper in the 21st century economy. According to research conducted for the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, the county’s economy is supported by a strong mix of businesses poised to expand over the next decade, with employment expected to grow by 73,097 jobs during that period. This continues a trend of San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire outpacing California and the nation in employment since the first quarter of 2013. In addition, the county has a relatively young population, foundational to bolstering the region’s long term prospects for economic growth.

Fully maximizing that potential requires an ecosystem in which stakeholders work side by side to develop and train a workforce prepared for career opportunities, particularly in high-growth industries. The Countywide Vision project will highlight school districts, colleges and employers, who have implemented comprehensive strategies to meet the employment needs of local business and encouraged development of career pathways for youth.

On Jan.17, the County will release its labor market intelligence report as part of its Workforce Roadmap presentation to the community. This presentation, a Vision2Succeed kickoff event, will help identify the county’s greatest areas of opportunity for job creation and workforce development, prioritize training investment, and support workforce development systems, ensuring our county remains a leading job creator for California.

In June 2011 the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments adopted the Countywide Vision in partnership with the community.  The Countywide Vision provides a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, including the creation of a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision2Succeed is the fourth public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision4Safety initiative, the Vision2BActive physical activity initiative and the Vision2Read literacy initiative.

Nominate a Safety Hero

Do you know someone who has made an impact on safety and emergency preparedness in their neighborhoods, schools or businesses? If so, consider nominating them as a Safety Hero as part of the Vision4Safety campaign.

A Safety Hero can be a person who has started a neighborhood watch group; a teacher who encourages participation in safe afterschool programs; a business person who encourages employees to learn CPR or other lifesaving techniques in case of an emergency; a child who practices an emergency preparedness plan with their family; or a person who helped law enforcement with a tip that led to an arrest or prevented someone from getting hurt.

Nominate a Safety Hero at Vision4Safety.com or contact Leticia Prieto from San Bernardino County Fire at (909) 918-2231 or lprieto@sbcfire.org. Anonymous nominations of Safety Heroes will also be accepted. Nominations are being accepted until May 31, 2019.

Vision4Safety is a campaign of the Countywide Vision to improve public safety and preparedness in San Bernardino County by encouraging residents to help create safer neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Vision4Safety.com is an interactive resource that provides residents with professional safety tips from law enforcement and fire agencies throughout the county as well as volunteer opportunities to promote neighborhood preparedness.

The Countywide Vision was developed by the community in 2010-11 and adopted by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments Board of Directors in June 2011 to create a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision4Safety is the third public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015 and the Vision2BActive wellness campaign that began in January 2017.

Summer Reading Program participation increases 11 percent

Libraries countywide increased the number of children and adults participating in summer reading programs by 11 percent from 2017 to 2018.

In May, libraries throughout San Bernardino County encouraged people to sign up for library cards and join summer reading programs to help avoid a loss of reading skills that can occur during breaks in the academic school year. During the summer months, libraries offered reading programs that included incentives for meeting reading challenges.

Countywide, 55,327 people participated at all 32 San Bernardino County library branches and the libraries in the cities of Redlands, Colton, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga,  San Bernardino, Upland and Victorville up from 49,821 participants in 2017. The numbers exceed the 50,000 proposed goal set by the Vision2Read literacy campaign.

Vision2Read, a literacy initiative of the Countywide Vision project, aims to raise the bar on literacy in our county by focusing on the importance of reading and connecting people who need help or who can help to literacy resources. Literacy has an impact on a number of elements in our community such as jobs and the economy, education, public safety and wellness. When literacy skills are nurtured and encouraged, children and adults can reach the their potential, the local economy can continue to prosper and the county will have a more educated work force to attract employers to our region.

Visit Vision2Read.com for additional information about the campaign, literacy resources and a listing of all libraries countywide.

San Bernardino County Libraries host Baker’s Book Club

Join the San Bernardino County Library System, San Bernardino City Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, and the Redlands A.K. Smiley Library as we partner with Baker’s Drive-Thru to promote reading among children and teens throughout San Bernardino County. The Baker’s Book Club program is underway through Saturday, Nov. 17. This program encourages students to read in all communities across the county.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries, San Bernardino City Branch Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, or Redlands A.K. Smiley Library to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 17, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. A voucher for a free Baker’s food item will be issued as reading goals are met. Each child and teen may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program.

In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read literacy campaign, this program will help to improve literacy among children ages 4 to 17, with the help of incentives, by inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievement goals,  and encouraging a reading routine.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serve a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

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