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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 for application materials and additional details about the program.​

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 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 or call (909) 387-2220.

Want to be a firefighter? Check out the San Bernardino fire station open house


The public — especially children who might be interested in careers as firefighters and their families — are invited to an open house at the San Bernardino fire station at 200 East 3rd St on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who attend can tour the station and see how firefighters live and work, interact with the firefighters, and see how they utilize their vehicles for different types of emergency situations. Sparky the mascot will be available for photos.

Share this post and photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #Vision4Safety.

Click here for more information about the event or contact San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Fire Prevention Officer Manny Sedano at 909-918-2201 or For more information about Vision4Safety, please visit

‘Help Us Soar’ at County Libraries

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to ‘Help Us Soar’ as librarians strive to meet the goal of checking out six million items during this fiscal year.

The San Bernardino County Library system has increased circulation to over five and a half million items in the previous years, and now wants to meet a new milestone of circulating six million items by June 30. The Library’s 650,000 card holders are encouraged to ‘Help Us Soar’ in the following ways:

  • Sign up for a library card during Library Card Sign Up Month. In September, new library card owners will get a limited edition Disney Incredibles sticker while supplies last. Sign up for a traditional library card online or in person at a local County library, or sign up for an eContent card online.
  • Obtain a traditional library card. A library card issued in person from a branch gives the owner access to physical materials, such as books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines at all 32 branch libraries, as well as access to branch public computers and printers. Traditional library card holders will also have access to all electronic resources available to eContent card holders.
  • Get an eContent card on the County Library website The eContent card acquired from the County Library website gives the owner access to electronic materials such as eBooks, audiobooks, music, and digital magazines. This is a great option for residents of California who are unable to visit a physical library location.
  • Download digital resources such as OverDrive and Cloud Library for eBooks and audiobooks, Freegal music, and digital magazines.

The ‘Help Us Soar’ campaign is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  Reading at grade level by the third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential. The San Bernardino County Library system facilitates programs and events at all branch libraries to encourage children to check out books to read.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves 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 or call (909) 387-2220.

County Schools Superintendent to hold 2018 State of Education address

San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre will deliver the annual State of Education address on Sept. 27 in San Bernardino and Oct. 19 in Victorville.

Both events begin at 3:30 p.m. with a reception following.

Alejandre will provide updates on the positive developments taking place in our public schools and collective impact efforts as part of the Countywide Vision.

He will also be showcasing outstanding students and programs for San Bernardino County Schools and the 33 school districts in our county.

To register, visit For more information, call (909) 386-2413.

Footsteps2Brilliance Summer Reading Challenge Underway

San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and the San Bernardino County Literacy Partners are encouraging the public to join the Footsteps2Brilliance (F2B) 5-Million Words Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs until Sept. 7 with a goal for children to read 5-million words during the summer months. F2B is part of the San Bernardino County’s Vision2Read Initiative, a collective impact model involving multiple agencies working collaboratively to increase literacy rates among children and families.

F2B is an innovative early learning mobile technology platform that provides free access to early literacy activities to all families with children birth through pre-kindergarten who reside in San Bernardino County. Families with children aged 0-5 can download the app at:

Reading participation will be recognized at the end of the summer challenge. Additional summer reading programs and resources are available through the San Bernardino County Library and can be found at

Enter the San Bernardino County Library Reading Program 2018 to win prizes and earn tickets for a grand prize opportunity drawing.

Join County Superintendent Alejandre and the San Bernardino County Literacy partners to raise the bar for literacy and get involved with the 5-Million Words Reading Challenge today.


About San Bernardino Countywide Vision2Read:

Vision2Read is a collective impact initiative involving government, education, health care, public safety, business and labor, community and faith-based leaders, and parents and families. Vision2Read support the San Bernardino Countywide Vision and its regional educational goal of supporting the success of every child from cradle to career. It is designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs.


About San Bernardino Countywide Literacy Partnership:

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), San Bernardino County Preschool Services, Children’s Fund, and First 5 San Bernardino are partnering to deliver the F2B program for free to all children ages 0-5 who reside in San Bernardino County.


About Footsteps2Brilliance: 

Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc. is the breakthrough early learning platform that accelerates early achievement by uniting the power of mobile gaming technology with the latest in cognitive research. F2B provides enticing, interactive, 24/7 learning experiences that digitally link school and home to give students the edge they need for success in school today and the world tomorrow. This transformative literacy program supports the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Students and enables San Bernardino to become a Model Innovation County.


Sign up for this year’s Colton Joint Unified College and Career Fair

Applications are now being accepted from business, non-profit and government organizations wanting to participate in the Third Annual Colton Joint Unified School District College and Career Fair, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Ave. 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, the 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 two annual events each drawing more than 3,000 in attendance. The College and Career Fair features more than 100 booths representing colleges, universities, technical/trade schools and career pathways. The event also features workshops on how to pay for college and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Fun, hands-on activities will allow younger students to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) fields.

Space is very limited, so those interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. To request a spot, please register using the Google form at

For more information, please contact CJUSD Communications Specialist Jacquie Paul at 909-580-6502 or



World-conquering Redlands team wraps up its Destination Imagination career

A group of Redlands High School seniors recently wrapped up a world-class eight-year run in the annual international Destination Imagination science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics competition.

The team finished in the top 10 in all eight of their trips to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., including four world championships. This year’s tournament included 1,400 teams from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and 19 countries, including Australia, China, Indonesia and Qatar.

Next stop for Devin Guevara, Nate Linares, Brian McBride, Harrison McDonald, Ian McMahon and Selorm Quarshie? College.

Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) challenges.

“These students have worked so hard and accomplished so much this year in our annual competition,” said Michele Tuck-Ponder, Interim CEO for Destination Imagination. “When you get more than 8,000 of the brightest young minds in the world putting their talents on display, it really is awe-inspiring. Every year, we get to see the future leaders in STEAM, and I’m always amazed with what they produce.”

The team from Redlands, working this year under the name Capital Funishment, finished ninth in their Technical Challenge, presenting a fully autonomous vehicle that could navigate a randomly selected maze using sensors, coding and mathematics.

For more information about Destination Imagination and what it does year-round to advance learning in the STEAM fields, visit


Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair Set For April 14

More than 25 school districts and institutes of higher education are scheduled to participate in the annual San Bernardino Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair that will be held April 14 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

The event is a collaboration between the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) and the California Teachers Association with 23 county school districts and a Regional Occupational Program participating. In addition, three local colleges and universities will have representatives at the event, which will be held in the Valencia Room at the National Orange Show (930 S. Arrowhead Ave. at Gates 8 and 9) between 9 a.m. and noon on April 14.

Recruitment for applicant teachers is for all grade levels — as well as subject areas — of K-12 education, and districts may hold interviews on site. For applicants to register online for the event, go to: .

Among the districts and ROP scheduled to have representatives at the event include: Adelanto; Apple Valley; Baldy View ROP; Barstow; Chaffey; Chino Valley; Colton; Etiwanda; Fontana; Hesperia; Morongo; Mountain View;; Oro Grande; Redlands; Rialto; Rim of the World; San Bernardino City; SBCSS; Snowline; Upland; Victor Elementary; Victor Valley; and Yucaipa-Calimesa.

Among higher education institutions participating, they are: Barstow Community College, Cal State San Bernardino and University of Redlands.

For more information about the Teacher Recruitment Fair, call 909.386.9570.

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