Yucaipa

San Bernardino Valley College to build new teaching hub for 21st century skills

Students, lawmakers, board members, instructors, and community members gathered Wednesday inside a cavernous building where, for decades, San Bernardino Valley College students have learned to repair autos, airplanes and even helicopters.  They came to celebrate the fact that this plain brick building — one of the oldest on the campus — is about to get a 21st-century overhaul to become a career training hub for Inland Empire students. Gov. Gavin Newsom allocated the first $2.5 million for the new Applied TechnologyBuilding in his recently signed budget. The college will eceive $35 million from state construction bonds passed by voters in 2016. The district will match that from Measure CC money voters approved locally in 2018. Construction tarts in summer 2021 on a 99,500-square-foot building outfitted for modern workforce training. The new building will be accessible, sustainable, and filled with the tools needed for training students in water management, automotive repair, and machining, among other fields.  Currently, there are about 5,600 students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses on the campus.  “This is the fun part of the job,” said State Senator Connie M.…

High school divers place 1st, 2nd in competition

Nathan Derry of Redlands and Camille Kilian of Yucaipa competed in the 2019 Glenn McCormick Memorial Diving Invitational last weekend in Palm Desert. Derry, who has only been diving for the last six months, placed first and second in the Boys 14-18 Novice 1 Meter and 3 Meter Diving competitions – his second competitive meet. In addition to diving, Derry serves as Freshman Class ASB Treasurer and is a member of the Debate Club at Redlands East Valley High School. Courtesy photo: Riverside Elite Diving Coach Jimmy Adams and Team Member Camille Kilian. Kilian placed first and second in the Girls 14-18 Novice 3 Meter and 1 Meter Diving competitions. Kilian, a sophomore at Yucaipa High School, has been diving for two years after switching from 8 years of gymnastics. A student in the Health & Biomedical Science Academy preparing to study medicine, Kilian volunteers at the Loma Linda VA Hospital when she isn’t diving or in school. Derry and Kilian are members of the Riverside Elite Diving Team, the Inland Empire’s only club diving program based out of the Riverside Aquatics Complex located at Riverside…

Paralympians in the making: California Classic spotlights disabled athletes

Austin Olive hopes to make the Paralympic swimming team in 2024. The 18-year-old Yucaipa resident is working hard to improve his time in the water and build his muscles. But along the way, Olive will have to qualify for a chance to make the team during events like the recent California Classic at Crafton Hills College. Held October 26 and 27 in CHC’s Aquatics Center, the Classic – hosted by US Paralympic Swimming – put a spotlight on para-athletes looking to showcase their abilities as they compete against their peers in several events. The meet was open to swimmers from all over the United States with any physical, visual or intellectual impairment. Several will move on to the Paralympics next year in Tokyo, while others like Olive are focused on future Games. Olive – or Auggie as he’s known – found swimming after he found it difficult to keep up with his peers on the baseball field. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, swimming opened several doors for Yucaipa High School alumnus, particularly when it came to addressing his competitive spirit, said a family member at the…

Upcoming ‘California Classic’ at Crafton Hills College to showcase future Paralympians

The California Classic is back at Crafton Hills College the weekend of October 25, and the public is welcome to watch potential Paralympians in action. The annual sporting event found a home in the Yucaipa-based college’s Aquatics Center a few years ago and has since become a favorite of CHC staff, students and faculty. “It is certainly one of the events I look forward to the most,” said Heather Chittenden, Crafton’s aquatics director. “It’s just a positive event for the campus and the community, and every year we have a good time.” The Classic is a two-day event where para-athletes compete against one another in hopes of beating records, improving times, and working to secure a spot in the upcoming Paralympics in Tokyo next year. This meet is open to swimmers with a physical, visual or intellectual impairment from all nations. Last year’s events brought athletes from across the country to compete at Crafton. And this time around won’t be any different, Chittenden said. But you may see some athletes from Yucaipa in the water, including a current CHC student. “It is an honor to…

Thousands of Roadrunners head to Crafton Hills College for start of 2019-20 school year

A new school year at Crafton Hills College kicked off Monday, August 15, with site officials welcoming close to 6,500 students to campus. The day marked new beginnings for many Roadrunners. But for those working behind-the-scenes, the start of the Fall 2019 semester signified Crafton’s community outreach efforts are paying off. “With those efforts, we continue to promote a college-going culture in our community, and this is resulting in more students choosing Crafton Hills College,” said Michelle Riggs, CHC’s new director of institutional advancement. “We are excited to welcome all of our new and returning students to campus.” There are several reasons why students choose Crafton over neighboring institutions, such as low tuition costs and smaller classroom sizes. But the addition of 15 new programs were enticing to many looking to fill jobs in the tech-based industries such as cyber security specialists and digital animation. That’s just the beginning. Crafton is expected to welcome additional Roadrunners to the “flock” in October when short-term classes start. And for students still on the fence about starting a new class or two, there’s still time to register, Riggs…

350 students taking advantage of free college Promise Program at Crafton Hills

The San Bernardino Community College District is offering a “Free Promise Program” for new high school graduates who are starting college this fall at Crafton Hills College or San Bernardino Valley College. The program provides funding for full-time college students to earn an associate degree or get a career training certificate. Students are guaranteed two years of free tuition, free textbooks, free access to a laptop, cash for college expenses, priority registration, student support, and opportunities for paid work experience. In return, students must enroll in and complete at least 12 units per semester, attend a Summer Bridge Program, participate in activities such as workshops, complete a Student Educational Plan, and meet with a counselor regularly.  There are no minimum GPA requirements to be accepted into the program, but Promise Program students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in the program. At the end of their time at Crafton, students should be able to transfer to a four-year university such as a UC or Cal State school, where they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree in just two years, effectively having cut…

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