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Crafton Hills College Child Development Center closed for fall

After careful consideration and out of concern for the health of College employees and the community, Crafton Hills College administration has reluctantly decided that the Crafton Hills College Child Development Center will not open in the fall. Under normal circumstances, the College’s Child Development Center offers both community and State preschool programs for children ages 3-5 and also serves as a campus-based early education program providing a laboratory setting to CHC students enrolled in child development courses.   The center closed in mid-March, as did the College, due to COVID-19 and was hoping to reopen in August to serve students, faculty, and the community. After considerable review and discussion, the College has decided to remain closed through the fall semester but offer online, and some hybrid instruction and services to students.  Child Development Center Director Deborah Wasbotten has maintained communications with parents as updates became available and has notified both returning families and those who had newly applied this school year.  “The decision to not reopen the center was based on many factors, and although we are disappointed not to bring students back, I want parents to know…

San Bernardino Community College District saves taxpayers $19.6 million

San Bernardino Community College District announced today that the community’s property tax bill will be cut by nearly $19.6 million. The tax savings benefit homeowners and businesses in SBCCD’s service area which covers 22 cities and communities including Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Yucaipa.  In 2002 and 2008, local voters approved Measure P and Measure M, respectively, to repair and upgrade aging classrooms, labs, and job training facilities at Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College.  SBCCD officials recently refinanced those bonds and took advantage of two low-interest-rate periods before and after the COVID-19 pandemic to replace higher interest rates with lower interest rates.   “When we invest in our community colleges, our community thrives, and this announcement underscores that point,” said Dr. Anne L. Viricel, chair of the SBCCD Board of Trustees. “Especially during a time of economic uncertainty, we are committed to efficiently using public dollars to support our local students and families.”  SBCCD Trustee Gloria Macias Harrison, who chairs the board’s finance committee, agrees.  “This is a win for our community…

Biology graduate winner of Professor Richard Fehn Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Handy wanted to study sharks ever since she was a child. Now, equipped with a bachelor’s degree in biology and the research skills she honed as a College of Natural Sciences undergraduate, Handy’s childhood passion continues to live on. Handy, a resident of Yucaipa who graduated this past June, was named the recipient of the 2019-2020 Professor Richard Fehn Memorial Scholarship. Fehn, who was a CSUSB alumnus, served as chair of the Department of Biology and was named CSUSB’s Outstanding Professor in 2004. In the fall Handy will begin working on a doctorate in environmental life science at Arizona State University, where she will be studying the conservation physiology of cartilaginous fish such as sharks, skates and rays. “Sarah has strongly demonstrated her dedication to the field of biology, and it is very gratifying that our Department of Biology and our university to have supported her enthusiasm for research,” said Sastry G. Pantula, dean of the College of Natural Sciences. “She has a lot to be proud of herself. I am extremely proud of her success. We need more women scientists like her in academia, and I am…

Eight students complete Crafton Hills Rad Tech Program, amid difficult final semester

This spring, eight students completed the Radiologic Technology (Rad Tech) program at Crafton Hills College. The 22 ½-month program, offered in partnership with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, prepares students to perform diagnostic imaging examinations. Each student received his or her associate degree in Radiologic Technology or Radiologic Technology certificate and is eligible to take state and national board examinations to qualify for entry-level employment in radiography. The graduates are Jason Brown, Fabian Cano, Lewis Middleton, Jerry Padgett Jr., Desiree Perez, Julianne Richter, John Shields and Alexis Ward. These individuals endured a difficult final semester with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. “All of the graduates worked hard and persevered through all of life’s unexpected surprises in 2020,” said program director Melissa Huynh. “I’m so proud of them!”In addition to the awarding of degrees and certificates, the program faculty also presented awards and scholarships at the informal “socially distant” gathering on June 9. Jerry Padgett, Jr. received the Clinical Achievement Award for his superior clinical performance and commendable attendance record. Padgett plans to continue his education in computed tomography (CT). Alexis Ward was recognized for her…

Crafton Hills celebrates 48th Annual Commencement with Virtual Ceremony

The 48th Annual Commencement Ceremony at Crafton Hills College was held virtually on Friday, May 22. The ceremony was prerecorded, but the link didn’t go live until 6 p.m. Viewers had a choice to stream the event through Youtube or Facebook through the homepage of the Crafton Hills College website. The event incorporated all traditional elements of the in-person ceremony including individual recognition of the 237 graduates who signed up to participate. The ceremony began with the song “Pomp and Circumstance” while a montage of videos featuring faculty and staff waving and cheering for the graduates set a celebratory tone. Photo CHC: Vanessa Terry, 2020 CHC graduate filming National Anthem performance for virtual ceremony. Crafton Hills College President Dr. Kevin Horan was first to congratulate the class of 2020, which happens to be the largest graduating class in the history of the College. In total, the institution had 794 graduates who earned 650 degrees and 631 certificates during the 2019-2020 academic year. Student senate president and 2020 graduate Tyrone Ross began the ceremony leading the virtual audience in the pledge of allegiance. Ross received an…

Crafton Hills Fire Academy- Through Fires and Flames

Amid campus closures and stay-at-home orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Crafton Hills Fire Academy has continued to meet and train students who will join the front lines with other first responders fighting fires and saving lives. Against all odds, 29 cadets will complete their Fire Academy training in mid-May. Despite these overwhelming circumstances and challenges to instruction, Crafton Hills College is the only college Fire Academy in California that continued their 16-week training program while also adhering to and maintaining the strictest of social-distancing guidelines. All 29 students have earned their firefighter 1 certificates. “It is truly exceptional how our college president, Dr. Kevin Horan, our Trustees, our administration, and our faculty have stepped up to keep our program going,” said Michael Alder, Chief, Crafton Hills College Fire Academy. “In the face of many uncertainties, everyone was adamant that we should keep going, meet the needs of our firefighting workforce and complete training for these students in advance of the 2020 fire season.” Crafton Hills faculty adjusted for COVID-19 safety requirements by limiting groups of students, adjusting instructional methods, and increasing cleaning of equipment and…

Crafton Hills College continues to train paramedics amid pandemic

The COVID-19 global pandemic is causing a strain on every part of the healthcare system, calling for “all hands on deck.” Crafton Hills College student paramedics feel the tension as well, as they navigate a strenuous paramedic program while also working the front lines in the field. One paramedic student, Gabriel Zavala, says that the most important thing he is learning in paramedic school amid a global pandemic is adaptability. “EMS is a constantly changing field,” he said. “During times of worldwide adversity, maintaining composure is the only way to persevere, and composure is essential while working in the field.” In order to be eligible for licensure as a paramedic in the state of California, students must complete the 39 units of the certificate program, pass National Registry written and skills examinations, and meet all other licensure requirements established by the state. Crafton Hills Paramedic Program offers two cycles per year, and is broken down into three sections – didactive, clinic and field. Zavala says that the program’s instructors are helping students to stay on track to graduate on time. “Our program leaders are admirable,…

San Bernardino County parks and recreation areas will re-open this weekend

The County announced today, Wednesday, Apr. 22, that County parks, rivers, lakes, and recreation areas, including parking lots, will reopen this weekend.  “Like other local governments, we are carefully following the rules mandated by the state to help limit the spread of coronavirus, and we are closely following the governor’s timeline for relaxing some of our social distancing requirements,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.  “However, there are policies we as a County can control, and so we’re pleased to make this announcement.” County residents have been diligent in adhering to the safe-at-home mandates and we’re all aware of how hard it’s been. Recreating outside not only provides a pleasurable change of pace, but it also offers notable health benefits. Still, with this cautious re-opening, it is extremely important for County residents to act responsibly while taking advantage of this opportunity. Being able to enjoy parks and lakes does not lessen the need to maintain a safe distance from your fellow citizens and to practice other measures designed to keep us safe and healthy. Hagman emphasized that residents need to continue social distancing, avoid…

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