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Monthly Archives: September 2013
The San Bernardino County Library in partnership with Fontana Unified School District will be holding a 2014 College Fair on October 10, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lewis Library and Technology Center in Fontana. Over 40 schools will be in attendance and admission is free. Various workshops will take place during this event including free financial aid, Overdrive- online book resource, and where to find used text books.
Families, business, labor, education, government, public safety and community service organizations from Colton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington came together this month to identify priorities for supporting the success of every child from cradle to career. Colton Joint and San Bernardino City unified school districts are piloting the first Community Cabinets for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, which seeks to foster partnerships amongst all community sectors to support the education system. In October and November, the Colton Community Cabinet will meet with teachers and students to ensure everyone’s priorities align. The Alliance plans to eventually roll out community cabinets in other school districts throughout the county.
In support of the efforts of Countywide Vision Environment Element Group, Southern California Association of Governments has awarded a grant to San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for creation of an inventory of existing species and habitat preservation efforts throughout the county and development of strategies for future coordination of conservation efforts. SANBAG plans to hire a consultant to assist the Environment Element Group pending availability of the $50,000 grant funds. SANBAG plans to support the project with $20,000 in matching funds and $20,000 in staff support.
The Countywide Vision Water Element Group is scheduling discussions with city officials to address protection of land for stormwater and imported water recharge sites as part of collaborative effort to develop a long-range plan to ensure water sustainability for our region’s future. Water agency leaders presented a map identifying areas of the county critical for getting water into our local aquifers at the 2013 San Bernardino County Water Conference in August. The Water Element Group also plans to work with business and developers on the drafting of a comprehensive water resources plan.
The Inland Empire Economic Partnership this month welcomed its inaugural Regional Leadership Academy class of future business and government leaders. During the yearlong program, students will learn about quality of life issues affecting the region and opportunities to make improvements through collaboration across sectors. The Academy addresses a priority identified by a group of business leaders attending a Countywide Vision meeting last year – local businesses should regain their tradition of civic engagement and help train the next generation of business and community leaders.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) health care professionals spoke this month to about 100 ninth-graders at Colton High School’s new Health Education Academy of Learning program at the school’s career day. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals discussed the required education and skills for a career in health care. ARMC developed a partnership with the high school to help address a critical shortage of health care professionals in the county. The collaboration also helps achieve the Countywide Vision’s regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.
The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education sent a small group of educators and government officials to 2013 Alignment Institute conference in Nashville this week to learn about collective impact successes in other communities throughout the United States. The information they gather will help guide the development and implementation of strategies for achieving the Countywide Vision’s regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.