SBVC Film, Television and Media department set to launch MTV Unplugged-type show, calls upon local musicians

San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) Film, Television, and Media (FTVM) Department is set to launch their own version of the iconic show, MTV Unplugged. Students in the FTVM department will be producing, shooting, and editing the entire series and will earn an IMDb (Internet Movie Database) credit to their name.  Via live acoustic performances, similar to MTV’s Unplugged, bands, artists and musicians are being asked to perform two to four songs, live, in front of an intimate audience (as permitted by COVID-19 protocols). “We’re looking forward to providing this opportunity to all the great bands and artists in the region who rarely receive the chance to have their music spotlighted and broadcasted across a large platform, like KVCR-TV,” said FTVM Co-chair Lucas Cuny. “Our students and staff are looking forward to putting their own spin on an iconic show, like MTV Unplugged, here on campus in the San Bernardino KVCR studios.”  Taping is set to begin in late January and will run through May 27, 2022 — the duration of the College’s Spring 2022 semester. Interested bands and artists should contact FTVM Department Co-chair Lucas Cuny for booking…

County Schools, District Attorney’s Office launch county’s first Civil Liberties Pilot Project

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), in partnership with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, is launching a pilot project called “Civil Liberties: Know Your Rights.” The pilot consists of educational resources that will be offered to high school students at three County Schools sites. “I am excited that we are offering this extended learning opportunity for our students that strengthens communication, collaboration and community around their needs, opinions and experiences with government entities and law enforcement,” said County Superintendent Ted Alejandre. “This would not have been possible without San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson’s initiative to make the understanding of civil liberties more accessible. I thank the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office for our partnership.” The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office initiated the project and offered to lead conversations directly with students from designated school sites coordinated by SBCSS. San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson and other guest speakers will facilitate open dialogue through a framework that explains students’ rights, help them navigate interactions with government actors in a positive and affirming way, as well as explain the roles…

Dr. Margaret Hill’s legacy will live on through community

Education and community icon Dr. Margaret Hill left an indelible mark on the community and hearts of many with her love, compassion, and strength, especially when it came to her devotion to children and young adults for whom she fiercely advocated, empowered, and mentored over the past 50 years she spent in education. Over a dozen individuals gathered virtually Saturday morning to share personal stories and memories of Dr. Hill, known fondly as “Community Mother,” during Coffee and Community Conversation, a casual monthly meeting created by Dr. Hill, who served on the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Board of Education for 10 years, and SBCUSD Board member Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers. “This is different for me today because I have never done Coffee and Community alone; the wonderful, irreplaceable Dr. Hill was always here,” Rodgers noted. “(Coffee and Community Conversation) was a vision to come to open up to the community to be able to have conversations with us as board members. We’re not here to talk, we’re here to listen.” According to Rodgers, the sessions were created purposefully to hear from the community and…

Colton Woman’s Club presents HOBY Awards to Mia Zamor, Aiden Smith

At the monthly business meeting, the Colton Woman’s Club presented two “HOBY Awards” (Hugh O’Brien Youth) to Colton High School sophomores Mia Zamora and Aiden Smith. The “HOBY Awards,” named after actor Hugh O’Brien, was established in 1958 to recognize students who excel in school academically and who demonstrate leadership potential. At that time, Hugh O’Brien was serving in communities abroad with well-known humanitarian and writer Albert Schweitzer when they were talking about recruiting America’s youth for potential leadership/missionary opportunities. Later that year, Hugh O’Brien went on to establish a similar youth program in Los Angeles, and since then, over 500,000 students have benefited from the “HOBY Award” program. Currently, this award not only includes public recognition, but provides a scholarship at a Summer Youth Leadership camp, and provides support services for attending college. In order to qualify for this award students need to write an essay, meet and confer with their school counselor, be screened by the Colton Woman’s Club, and finally, be interviewed with the CWC scholarship committee. The essay that was submitted by Mia Zamora included the opening statement that “A leader…

Google invests in digital skills for San Bernardino Hispanic college students

Today San Bernardino Valley College, California State University, (San Bernardino), California State University (Stanislaus), Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Mission College announced their participation in the Grow with Google Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Career Readiness Program. The initiative will help Latino students at over 20 HSIs prepare for the workforce through digital skills training and career workshops. Through Google’s $2 million investment in the Hispanic Association of Community Colleges and Universities (HACU), the program will train 200,000 Latino students by 2025. Google.org, Google’s philanthropy, will also provide $5 million dollars in grants to three Latino-serving workforce organizations—UnidosUS, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Hispanic Federation—to help workers upskill for in-demand jobs while providing wraparound support. “Students in the Inland Empire deserve access to the best-available resources to help them prepare for their careers and become active members of our community,” said Congressman Pete Aguilar. This type of investment in our students is crucial, and is especially significant in historically-underserved communities. I’ve been proud to support additional funding for HSIs like San Bernardino Valley College and Cal State San Bernardino, and I’m excited to see these new opportunities…