Bank of America announces Inland Empire 2021 Student Leaders

Bank of America recently announced that four Inland Empire high school juniors and seniors have been selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders). They have started their paid summer internship experience with local nonprofits KVCR, Inland Empire Community Foundation, One Future Coachella and Riverside Art Museum and will earn $17 per hour and receive a Chromebook as part of the internship. Similar to last year, the program has been adapted to a virtual format. Without access to career skills-building opportunities like the Student Leaders program, many young people may be left behind from a fast-changing job market, leading to higher rates of youth unemployment. As part of its commitment to workforce development as a pathway to economic mobility, Bank of America is connecting 500 teens and young adults to paid jobs, job training and internships across the Inland Empire through additional programs such as Youth Action Project, Athletes for Life and Goodwill Industries of Southern California. “Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Bansree Parikh, Inland Empire president, Bank of America. “We recognize young adults are…

Arroyo Valley Army JROTC team earns spot in National Academic Bowl Championship

The Arroyo Valley High School (AVHS) Army JROTC Leadership Team is 1 of only 40 such teams in the nation to win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the prestigious 2020-2021 JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB). JLAB is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) students. Participating cadets learn the values of citizenship and academic competition as they are tested on their knowledge of current events, leadership skills, and leadership values. The four members of the AVHS JROTC Leadership Team, Isaiah Cruz, Dayana Duran, MaKayla Keeme-Anweiler, and Francisco Mondragon-Avila, earned top scores in the first two rounds of leadership and academic competition. After beating out 1,471 other Army JROTC teams to land in the top 40, the team will head to Washington, D.C. to compete in the championship event at the Catholic University of America, which starts Monday, July 19. The five-day event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and is conducted by the College Options Foundation. “I am very happy for our proud cadets and their recent success. They faced many tough challenges this past…

How $37 million in state funding will modernize Crafton Hills, San Bernardino Valley Colleges

The San Bernardino Community College District secured $37 million in state funding to build a new workforce training center at San Bernardino Valley College and a performing arts education center at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa. Governor Newsom and the legislature included these campus infrastructure projects in the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. SBCCD will match the state dollars from Measure CC money voters approved locally in 2018. “These two campus projects will directly serve Inland families by expanding career advancement opportunities and a better quality of life,” said Dr. Anne L. Viricel, chair of the SBCCD Board of Trustees. “We are grateful to our state policymakers who made our students and community colleges a state budget priority.” Chancellor-Designate Diana Z. Rodriguez said the state investments are welcome and an essential boost for the region’s future. “Whether through hands-on career training or inspiring creative thinking, we envision building our community colleges into vibrant places of learning and intellectual stimulation for our local students, families, faculty, and staff,” she said. The construction projects will strengthen the local economy, said Interim Chancellor…

Crafton Hills College Foundation receives $10,000 grant from Bank of America

The Crafton Hills College (CHC) Foundation recently received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to support the community college’s public safety and allied health program. The funds will go to help train more than 300 future first responders in the fields of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighting, and respiratory care givers as well as provide financial support for more students impacted economically by the pandemic. “The very best training can only be accomplished by providing quality education with the equipment, gear and supplies that the industry demands, along with the support services needed to ensure our students are successful,” said Michelle Riggs, Director of Institutional Advancement, CHC. “These funds are especially important as we continue to move forward following the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely impacted our students who have had to learn to navigate courses and services online, many while facing financial hardships.” According to a recent survey conducted at the College, 63 percent of students have reported a reduction in employment, which includes reduced hours or a complete loss of employment. The CHC Foundation raises funds to support the institution’s programs and…

Two nursing students will be student voice for San Bernardino Community College District

In a year when college campuses reopen after a global pandemic, two nursing students will be the student trustees on the Board of the San Bernardino Community College District. Cosmic coincidence? Probably. Lauren Ashlock, 19, will represent Crafton Hills College and 19-year-old Elena Sanchez Paez will represent San Bernardino Valley College. They were elected by a vote of their peers, and they were sworn in on June 10, via Zoom, for a one-year term. Their job is to speak for students at the public meetings of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, who decide the big picture issues of financial aid, new buildings, campus safety, and just recently, hiring a new leader. Last month the trustees voted to appoint Diana Z. Rodriguez as the district’s 16th Chancellor. She has been president of San Bernardino Valley College and on August 1 she will lead the system that serves 20,000 students through two campuses, a workforce training facility, and KVCR TV/FM. Both of the new student trustees said they will be learning from more experienced board members as they go, trying to stretch themselves…

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