Education

Award nomination process opens for Education Medal of Honor

The San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor is looking for nominations for this year’s awards that honor outstanding contributions to public education by volunteers/service groups, business/government partners, educators and alumni. The deadline to submit entries is Feb. 20.           Nominations for the 29th annual Education Medal of Honor can be made in six categories: Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer; Volunteer in Action/Service Group; Partners in Education/Small Business or Franchise; Partners in Education/Corporation or Government Agency; Excellence in Education/Education Professional; and Excellence in Education/Student Alumni.           Criteria for nominations should focus on ways in which an individual or organization make an impact or lasting contribution, serve as positive role models and create an awareness and support for public education in communities across San Bernardino County.           Nomination forms for the award are distributed to all school districts in San Bernardino County. In addition, forms are available at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office at 601 N. E St. in San Bernardino. The nomination forms also can be downloaded from the County Schools’ website at: http://www.sbcss.k12.ca.us/index.php/superintendent/communications/medal-of-honor           Entries need to be returned to the County Schools…

For 100 years, Inland Career Education Center has been helping improve lives through education, career development

By Corina Borsuk, public relations technician, Communications/Community Relations, San Bernardino City Unified School District and Leticia Villa, principal, Inland Career Education Center, SBCUSD Nationally, about 2.8 million adults enrolled in for-profit colleges and technical schools during the 2014–2015 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. For some, the benefits outweigh the large sums of money they pay for just the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate. But for many of the low-income adults who flock to these for-profit schools, the costs continue to mount until they are even deeper in debt. Sadly, most never learn they have other options in the form of adult education. Several years ago, the San Bernardino Adult School embarked on a strategic planning process to raise awareness of adult education and its lifechanging opportunities. As part of that, we changed our name to the Inland Career Education Center (ICEC). Regardless of the name we’ve used, ICEC has been providing opportunities for career advancement and a better life for 100 years. We offer free and low-cost courses that lead to a high school diploma or GED. According…

Fontana Unified students earn certifications in Construction Career Tech Pathway

Nine Citrus High School students are on their way to mastering a trade, equipped with a core certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Citrus High, one of Fontana Unified’s continuation schools, offers the certification as part of its Building and Construction Trades career tech pathway, which launched in 2017. Students complete hands-on construction projects, employing safety strategies, using hand and power tools and applying mathematics and measurement skills, all of which help them emulate careers in construction trades. “We are proud to offer a pathway that addresses a need in the community and prepares students to graduate as employable professionals,” Citrus High School Principal Mike Bunten said. “Congratulations to the students who have worked hard to earn their certifications and to those who will earn them later this year.” Photo FUSD: Citrus High School’s Building and Construction Trades pathway students gain hands-on experience in the school’s workshop. The pathway, which can be completed in one to two years, contains two parts – one unit of core curriculum from NCCER and one unit of instruction in industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation…

County Honor Bands, Orchestras to perform in February, March

In February and March, two regional San Bernardino County honor bands and a countywide orchestra will hold their annual performances. The events, which feature musicians at the elementary, middle and high school levels, are organized by the County Music Educators’ Association, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. The first performance — featuring three honor bands representing the San Bernardino Basin region of the county — will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel. On Feb. 15, the honor bands representing the High Desert will perform at 7 p.m. at Barstow Community College. The final performance will take place at 7 p.m. on March 7 with the countywide honor orchestras playing at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel.             Several hundred county students at the elementary, middle and high school levels participate each year in the performances, and guest conductors work with the students to perform their music selections. The post County Honor Bands, Orchestras to perform in February, March appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

CSUSB criminal justice and MBA online programs ranked among best in the nation

Cal State San Bernardino’s criminal justice and MBA online programs have been listed among the best in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings of online academic programs. The university’s criminal justice program, which is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was listed 35th of 80 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was tied with St. Joseph’s University. CSUSB’s MBA program, which is housed in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, was listed 112th of 321 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was also tied with five other institutions: Arkansas State University – Jonesboro; Louisiana Tech University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Portland State University; and the University of Texas-Tyler. The deans of both colleges that each house one of the programs said the rankings recognized the commitment and dedication of faculty and staff. “This ranking is a tribute to the outstanding work and accomplishments of the faculty and staff in our criminal justice program,” said Rafik Mohamed, dean of the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where the criminal justice program is housed. “Our…

Colton High unveils renovated library

The newly renovated Colton High School library celebrated its grand re-opening on Friday, Jan. 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The library renovation was completed this year with a $40,000 2018-19 CJUSD Future Ready Library Media Center Grant, which the school earned in a competitive application process. Smith Tech Academy also earned a library grant and work is currently underway at that site. Cooley Ranch earned the district’s first library grant and opened its new Learning Commons in 2018. Colton High’s new library has been transformed into a vibrant and inviting new space with plenty of natural light, a welcoming color scheme (crimson and gold)  new floors and  flexible seating, a maker space, a media/ video production room, several computers, a coding center, game area, mental health resource center,  and much more. Librarian April Geltch said she hopes the welcoming space will encourage more students to visit and use resources available for research. “The library is a place for lifelong learning,” she said. “We want everyone to feel welcome here.” “We’re very excited,” added Assistant Principal Jorge Alvarez, who said that it…

Redlands wins record 16th County Mock Trial championship

Redlands High School extended its record for San Bernardino County Mock Trial championships to 16 on Jan. 18 as it defeated Rancho Cucamonga in the 38th annual competition.        The victory marked Redlands’ fifth title in the past seven years as it advances to the state competition in March in Los Angeles.        For Rancho Cucamonga of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, it was the team’s first time reaching the finals in the competition.        Presiding Superior Court Judge Michael Sachs congratulated both teams for their knowledge and determination during the two rounds of the finals held at the Foothill Law and Justice Center. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre also congratulated both teams for their spirited competition.           Approximately 450 students representing 32 high school teams have participated in the Mock Trial competition this year. This year’s case was the People v. Matsumoto, a murder case. The county Mock Trials competition is co-sponsored by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office.           Under the direction of coach Donna St. George, team members for Redlands include: Julia…

Colton Woman’s Club awards scholarships to high school sophomores April Nunez, Cinthya Cerrato

The 2020 HOBY Award Scholarship bestowed by the Colton Woman’s Club was awarded to sophomores April Nuñez of Colton High School and Cinthya Cerrato of Bloomington High School on Tuesday, January 14. The esteemed HOBY Award Scholarship given out each year by the club pays for the students to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth State Leadership Seminar, a three- to four-day conference focusing on leadership skills. This year the event will happen in June at Cal Poly Pomona with approximately 150 other students from around the country. Applications for the award are taken by the school’s counseling office, and students must complete an essay discussing why the leadership conference would be beneficial to their future plans. Once the Colton Woman’s Club HOBY Committee picks the winners, the students and their families, along with their counselors and the County Superintendent of Schools Office is invited to the General Membership meeting for the award presentation. This year both students read their essays to those present. Speaking words of encouragement about leadership to the students prior to presenting their certificates and scholarships, Colton Mayor Frank Navarro offered the…

County Mock Trial Finalists Are Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands

Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands high schools will battle for the championship of the 38th annual San Bernardino County Mock Trial title on Jan. 18. The two schools survived two days of semifinals that ended today. The finals will take place at the Foothill Law and Justice Center in Rancho Cucamonga (8303 Haven Ave.). Redlands, a finalist in the competition since 2010, is looking to win its record 16th county title and fourth in the past six years. Rancho Cucamonga is seeking its first county title. Photo SBCSS: Rancho Cucamonga is seeking its first county title. For the finals, there will be sessions in the morning and the afternoon with both schools playing the roles of defense and prosecution. In the semifinals that took place on Jan. 15-16 at the San Bernardino Courthouse, Redlands defeated Los Osos while Rancho Cucamonga edged Oak Hills of Hesperia. The Mock Trial competition simulates a criminal case where students portray the principal courtroom characters on both sides of a case before a real judge. This year’s case is People v. Masumoto, a murder case. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of…

Los Osos High To Host Annual Academic Decathlon Competition

Los Osos High School in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District will be the site for the 37th annual San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon competition, which will be held over two weekends – Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Approximately 450 high school students have signed up to compete in this year’s event that features teams representing 25 high schools. Both weekends of the competition will take place at Los Osos, located at 6001 Milliken Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga. There are 10 academic events for students to compete, including written tests in the areas of math, economics, music, art, language/literature, science and social science. Students also write an essay, face a panel of interviewers and give impromptu and prepared speeches. For the final event on Feb. 2, teams compete in a Super Quiz, a college bowl-style event consisting of multiple-choice questions. This year’s overall competition theme is “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.” Rancho Cucamonga High School from the Chaffey district is the defending county champion of Academic Decathlon. Teams consist of nine students, three from each grade-point category: “A”…

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