February 2021
In This Issue

Quick Links
Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley with a special solo podcast on democracy and education. Listen now >>
Have a question? The Welcome Center is your virtual one-stop location to ask anything you need to know about SBVC. www.valleycollege.edu/welcome

Make sure to submit your FAFSA and/or California Dream Act Application by the March 2nd  priority deadline. 
Complete your application today at the links below:
Updates to the myStudentAid Mobile App
Updates to the myStudentAid Mobile App
The FAFSA® experience has been revamped with a more user-friendly design. Other updates include the new Aid Summary feature, which allows you to track your detailed loan and grant information, remaining aid eligibility, and more. 
The Academic Success Center assists all students with their academic needs. Tutors provide free assistance in a wide variety of courses. Click here for more information about available online tutoring.
Stay Healthy. Stay Informed. Find facts and resources about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
KVCR 91.9 FM
San Bernardino & Riverside County's most trusted Radio source for NPR content and coverage of local news, traffic, the arts, lifestyle, and events.
Students can pick up pre-packaged food and/or hygiene bags with their name and student ID number. Limit one (1) bag per week. Outside pick-up only. Students must wear face coverings and practice social distancing. More information >>
FAFSA and CA Dream Act application workshops available on Friday.             
Click here for the full list of workshops.

to learn more about upcoming virtual events and clubs that are active during this time! 
During the COVID closure, the library building is open to currently enrolled students: Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 AM to 5:00PM. More information >>

Fast Facts: San Bernardino Community College District
San Bernardino Community College District serves 27,000 students through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. Since 1926, we have provided access to affordable, award-winning higher education and career training programs for families in 22 cities and communities in the Inland Empire.
We're Still Here (San Bernardino Community College Distrct). Despite #2020, our students, faculty, and staff stepped up to the challenge. Here's how.
We're Still Here (San Bernardino Community College District)
We are still here for you!
Free community food and utility assistance. Click here for complete listing of available resources. 

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Week-Of-Welcome (WOW) by ASG 
The SBVC Associated Student Government is planning for special activities to welcome students back to campus this Spring 2021 semester. 

The event is being scheduled for February 1st through February 5th and it will feature information sessions, games, and activities as listed below:
  • February 1st (1:00 pm) : Q&A with President Rodriguez
  • February 2nd (1:00 pm): Sippin' Tea with ASG
  • February 3rd (3:00 pm): Virtual Learning 101
  • February 4th (3:00 pm): Club Rush
  • February 5th (3:00 pm): SBVC History Trivia
Participate in our Virtual Scavenger Hunt available all week. Click here for more information. Register for all events at https://valleycollege.presence.io/
 Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated every February in the U.S. It's an important month for remembering important people, events and achievements of the African diaspora.

The theme for Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity and is set every year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History®, an organization founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Throughout American history, the black community has always exhibited an unwavering understanding of the value of family -- as an incomparable source of comfort, strength, and even survival.

Celebrate Black History Month with Mrs. Kim Gardner 
Mrs. Kim Gardner
St. Louis City Circuit Attorney
The SBVC Arts, Lectures & Diversity Committee (AL&D), in partnership with the SBCCD Black Faculty & Staff Association is pleased to host Mrs. Kim Gardner, Circuit Attorney to the city of St. Louis as she joins us to help celebrate Black History Month. 

Mrs. Gardner will share her experiences as an attorney and her work in social justice. She will discuss the cultural importance social justice has to equity work across the nation, and the implications it holds for social justice advocates in an increasingly polarized society.

Date: Thursday, February 4th 2021
Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Register for event: https://bit.ly/394arx6
 SBVC Ranked #1 Most Affordable Community College in California
California community colleges are already an amazing deal in higher education: at only $47 per unit, course fees are some of the lowest in the country. 

But SBVC gives its students even more bang for their buck. According to communitycollegereview.com, SBVC was ranked the most affordable community college in California for the 2020-2021 school year. In a typical academic year, most SBVC students receive financial aid grants and scholarships, and over 97% avoid taking on any student loan debt while attending. With nearly $33 million in grants, scholarships, and other financial aid distributed annually, SBVC students can access high-quality, affordable education that propels them into high-paying careers. 

SBVC President Diana Rodriguez said the college has prioritized affordability
and accessibility. "Our mission is to ensure that all students who truly wish to achieve
their educational and career goals at SBVC are able to do so, regardless of their income," Rodriguez said. "We are proud to be the most affordable community college in the state, and that we can help make higher education more equitable and accessible."
SBVC Partners with WVWD to Expand Water Supply Technology Program
San Bernardino Valley College recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) with the West Valley Water District (WVWD) to create new internship
and employment opportunities for SBVC students. 

WVWD Board of Directors President Channing Hawkins said, "Through this partnership, our combined efforts will provide skills, training, and job placement in a steady, growing field to the people of the Inland Empire. With our community still reeling from the coronavirus lockdowns and still 639,000 jobs short of pre-COVID employment, this program could not have come at a better time for the Inland Empire." Amid rising unemployment and anticipation of water utility talent pipeline shortfalls due to coming retirements, leaders with WVWD and SBVC President Diana Z. Rodriguez signed the MOU, which solidified the agreement and relationship that will deliver mentorship, job training and job opportunities for students. 

WVWD will provide supervision, support and hands-on experience for aspiring water technology and engineering professionals. SBVC will provide advanced program instruction and promote water supply technology courses to its students that align with ever-evolving industry needs. Congratulations, SBVC!
Flu, COVID-19 and Cold Symptoms Compared
Could your sore throat and stuffy nose be a cold, the flu or possibly COVID-19? If you're at high risk for
complications from the coronavirus or flu, especially if you have a cough and fever, don't guess. Call your health care provider. However, there are some differences between cold, coronavirus and flu symptoms that are helpful to know. 

Although a cold feels miserable, symptoms are generally mild compared to COVID-19 and flu.
A cold typically causes a runny nose, mild cough, low fever, aches, fatigue, sneezing, sore throat and sometimes headaches. A cold tends to come on gradually while the onset of flu is more abrupt; COVID-19 symptoms can appear two days to two weeks after infection.

COVID-19 and flu can be mild or severe, and some infected people have no symptoms (asymptomatic) but are still contagious, and they may share these symptoms:
 * Fever and or chills                   * Cough
 * Sore throat                             * Stuffy nose   
 * Shortness of breath                 * Fatigue
 * Muscle pain or body aches        * Headache
 * Vomiting and diarrhea
An important difference in symptoms: Unlike colds or flu, COVID-19 can cause a loss of taste and smell. It also often takes much longer, sometimes months, to recover. For the current list of COVID-19 symptoms, search for coronavirus symptoms at www.cdc.gov.
 Money and Tax Tips for Students
Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips to help the process go more smoothly.
  1. Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay.
  2. Before you file, discuss with your parents. They may be able to claim you as a dependent, which could save them thousands of dollars.
  3. Students and parents may be able to take advantage of these programs on their federal taxes:
For more detailed information about federal programs, review the free  IRS Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education. 

5 Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA Form

Did you submit a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form? Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for:

1. Review Your FAFSA® Confirmation Page -  After you complete the FAFSA form online and select "SUBMIT," you'll see a confirmation page . This is not your financial aid offer. You'll get that separately from the school(s) you apply to and get into. The confirmation page provides federal aid estimates based on the information you provided on your FAFSA form. It's important to know that these figures are truly estimates and assume the information you provided on the FAFSA form is correct. To calculate the actual amount of aid you're eligible for, your school will take into account other factors, such as the cost to attend the school.  Read more >>
SBVC Spotlight
DREAMer Student Credits SBVC as Crucial Step in Journey to UC Berkeley

Vanessa Mendoza grew up in Rialto, and graduated from high school in 2012. She wanted to attend UCLA, but as an undocumented and first-generation college student, it was difficult to navigate the application process and secure enough financial aid. Mendoza applied to SBVC to stay close to home and save money, and through the Dream Act, was able to receive aid.

Vanessa Mendoza wanted to study literature, write novels, and possibly even become an English professor, but that all changed after her first cultural anthropology class. She signed up for an online cultural anthropology course, and upon its conclusion, "felt that I had finally found a lens through which I could understand myself and my experiences related to culture and health."  

Ericka Flores graduated from SBVC with an AA in Liberal Arts and is now attending law school

Read her inspiring story below:
"I'm a proud product of #communitycollege. When I graduated high school, there was no #DACA, no dream act, no nothing for #undocumented students. But @sbvalleycollege opened its arms to me and allowed me to yearn for more. After I saved money, and only after having some benefits of #DACA, I went onto @csusb. There, I dreamed of law school and realized I could do it, and was going to attend @southwesternlawschool. Why do I share this? Because whether you're documented or not, but are unsure if you are law school material: I'm here to tell you that you are! Now I get to walk the halls of my law school library and remind myself that I earned my way there. After attending more than 12 different elementary/middle schools, 5 different high schools and taking the LSAT 3 times, I made it."

New Flash !!!

What's it like to be a college freshman during a pandemic? Students share their stories

Imagine experiencing college for the first time from your childhood bedroom at a computer screen. That's what 2020 freshmen are living through, and they have lots to say.

Itzela Tafolla"I'm missing out on actually meeting new people and having the college experience"

A simpler FAFSA could increase applicants

Financial aid officers have been asking for years for a simplified federal financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After much work by financial aid advocates and, in particular, by outgoing Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), an overhaul was included in the Covid relief and government funding bill signed into law in December.

San Bernardino Valley College maintains a culture of continuous improvement and a commitment to provide high-quality education, innovative instruction, and services to a diverse community of learners. Its mission is to prepare students for transfer to four-year universities, to enter the workforce by earning applied degrees and certificates, to foster economic growth and global competitiveness through workforce development, and to improve the quality of life in the Inland Empire and beyond.