April 2021
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Summer and Fall 2021 registration begins Monday, April 12th. Check WebAdvisor for your priority registration date.
Easter Brunch and everyone is welcome.
Sunday 4/4/21
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
160 East 5th Street
San Bernardino, CA More information >>
The STEM Program provides STEM students with free tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions  throughout the academic year to help students develop successful study skill habits. More >>
Application deadline has been extended through April 30, 2021 for the HACU 35th Annual Conference in Colorado.
This free conference will help you reach your career, education, and leadership goals. All students regardless of gender and ethnicity are encouraged to apply at: https://forms.gle/tkFfkYTd2CigHbbz5
Summer and Fall 2021 registration begin April 12th. Now is the best time to meet with a Counselor to review and update your educational plan. More information >>
The Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program supports students pursuing science, engineering, and mathematics degrees. It is a rigorous academic program that builds an academic peer community to increase student support and motivation. More information >>
SBVC Offers Access to Special Job Opportunities for Students and Alumni using College Central Network as its official job resource and resume system.  Students, alumni, and employers can easily create an account to look for employment. More information >>
To provide more flexibility for student :
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) are available to students during campus closure. More information >>
Through the new Wolverine Telehealth Program, San Bernardino Valley College students can speak to a doctor or mental health specialist whenever necessary, free of charge. More information >>
Virtual Learning 101 (workshop recording)
Virtual Learning 101 Workshop by ASG (workshop recording)
Location: Left side of the Library
Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Students can pick up pre-packaged food and/or hygiene bags with student ID card. Students are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. More information >>
April 12 Summer/Fall 2021 Registration 
April 13 Faculty in-Service No Class
May 19-25 Final Exams
May 25 Spring Semester Ends
May 26 SBVC Graduation
May 31 Memorial Day
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SBCCD to Continue Online Classes Through Fall, Offer COVID-19 Student Relief Grants
The San Bernardino Community College District announced on March 12, 2021 that Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College would continue operating mostly online through the fall semester.
 
In an email sent to the campus community, Jose F. Torres, Interim Chancellor, said protecting the community's health has to be the top priority. 
"Remaining off-campus, for now, reduces the risk of widespread infection while many of our adult students wait their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine," Torres said. "We look forward to learning more about The White House's plan to expand vaccine access to all adults."
Currently, vaccines are reserved for people over 65 and essential workers. But vaccine supply is limited, and most college students have likely not had a chance to get it yet. That vaccine process is supervised locally by the San Bernardino County and Riverside County public health departments. Read more >>
How to Register for Classes at SBVC

How to Register for Classes at SBVC | WebAdvisor Tutorial
WebAdvisor Tutorial
Are you ready to register for your classes, but not sure how to use WebAdvisor? Blue the Wolverine is here to guide you through the process, starting from how to find your classes, to enrolling in specific courses. Follow along at www.valleycollege.edu

If you need further assistance, our Welcome Center is available virtually to assist with any questions about enrollment and registration.  We recommend visiting them  for information on how to join a live Zoom call, or speak with an Ambassador to answer any of your questions. For our full guide to enrollment, visit: www.valleycollege.edu/apply

Amazon AppStream for Students

SBVC Campus Technology Services has provided virtual workstations to students across the campus using Amazon AppStream. 

AppStream gives students access to a virtual computer with campus software for use to complete instructional assignments. With AppStream the service is available to all students at SBVC. They go to the AppStream web page and choose the AppStream they wish to use. The login is their student email credentials. Students can use their Chromebook or other personal computing device to access the AppStream. It provides them a Windows virtual computer via the browser on their preferred device. More information >>

California Community Colleges - Black Student Success Week
CCC Chancellor Office is pleased to announce this year's Black Student Success Week is April 26-30, 2021. Black Student Success Week will share research insights and innovative approaches for improving student success among Black and African American students at California Community Colleges. 

Daily webinars will be held throughout the week from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. We invite you to save the date for these daily webinars called The Black Hour, where we will engage in discussions exploring this year's theme Follow the Money: Unapologetically Supporting Black Students. More information >>
 Nearly $1 Million Raised to Provide Financial Support to SBVC Students During Pandemic
The  SBVC Foundation and community has been hard at work for students during the pandemic this past year. Over $960,000 has been raised through various donations and grants to help SBVC students both in response to the pandemic and to support them into the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 academic year.
 
One of the largest donations came from the Chuck Obershaw Estate. The generous donation, about $350,000, will be added to an existing endowment for a combined endowment of about $600,000. Interest from the account will support approximately 30 students annually with scholarships of $1,000 each to pursue careers in automotive, business, and entrepreneurship. There will be no citizenship requirements to apply for these scholarships. SBVC students will be able to apply for the scholarships through Academic Works during the scholarship application period (Oct. 1-Jan. 31).
Housing and Financial Assistance Resources
Housing Insecurity Resources
 The Salvation Army provides safe       shelter to nearly 30,000 people       every night through a variety of     programs. 
SBVC Foundation Emergency Student Aid 

The Emergency Student Aid program at San Bernardino Valley College Foundation is available to any SBVC student facing a short-term financial barrier that may prevent them from enrolling or staying enrolled in college. The Emergency Student Aid program is funded through grants from the California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program and the Inland Empire Community Foundation, as well as a generous donation from the SBVC Foundation. 

Initial funding for this program is available through June 30, 2021 for students registered for Spring 2021. Check out the eligibility requirements and apply today at: 
SBVC Highlights
Machinist Technology Department Installs New Equipment for 75th Anniversary

SBVC's Machinist Technology Department is the oldest machinist training facility in the Inland Empire, and is commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. In January, the program received several pieces of new equipment to replace obsolete lathes and mills. The items, including an electric servo press, vertical machining center, CNC lathe, and electric discharge machine, were purchased with Strong Workforce grant funds. In order to bring the new equipment into the Applied Technology building, dozens of machines had to be rearranged, and police blocked the street so trucks could make their deliveries. By acquiring more advanced equipment, SBVC continues to provide cutting-edge technology to students in the machinist tech program.
The Machinist Technology Department offers 50 courses, three degrees, and eight certificates in Mechanical Craft, Industrial Maintenance, Mechanical Drafting and Machinist Technology. Curriculum is regularly updated and revised, and by taking classes and participating in lab activities, students receive broad training in conventional machine tools and computer numerical control machines.
SBVC Launches First-Ever Chinese Language Program


This spring, San Bernardino Valley College has opened to students the opportunity to learn a language spoken by hundreds of millions of people around the world: Mandarin Chinese. Taught by Hsiao Hui Shih, this beginning course will help students develop competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as they learn basic vocabulary, sentence structures, and characters. Nori Sogomonian, co-chair of the Modern Languages Department, says this is the first time that the college is offering a Mandarin Chinese course. "The course curriculum was written and submitted through the SBVC Curriculum process three years ago, and we are just now able to offer it since the courses have been approved and we have hired an adjunct faculty to teach it online for now," she explains. By offering Mandarin, SBVC is providing students with "an alternative language and culture to study and integrate into their chosen majors, whether they decide to transfer and major in Chinese language and culture, liberal arts, or apply the language to a business degree," Sogomonian says.
SBVC Student Spotlights 
SBVC Alumna Credits Online Classes for Out-of-State Transfer Success

After enrolling at San Bernardino Valley College, Marina Hand decided to change her course of study and follow her dream - and things have been falling into place ever since. 
 
While working as a hospital administrator, Hand began taking nursing classes, thinking since her "foot was in the door, I may as well just keep moving forward" in the medical world. She didn't enjoy the courses, and in 2018, a friend encouraged Hand to transfer to Valley College, where they could take classes together and give each other moral support. 
 
"I thought, maybe I just need someone to cheer me on and I can cheer them on," Hand said.  Read more >>
Miriam Padilla
Proud Graduate Class of 2020

Graduating in a pandemic is not typically what students sign up to do. As Spring 2020 graduate of San Bernardino Valley College, Miriam Padilla shows how with familia (family), dedication, and guidance a scholar can persist even through a pandemic. She was awarded an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration of Humanities and Fine Arts.

In high school, Miriam was not certain if she would attend college. Her biggest motivator in deciding to attend was the encouragement she received from her uncle. He advised her that college was a way to provide a better future for herself and her family.  
Read more >>

Upcoming Events
Transfer and Graduate Student Panel Discussion

Are you considering a bachelor of science degree with a science, technology, engineering, or math major? Do you want to know more about what it is like to transfer, graduate, and go on to graduate school? This MESA panel features several local students who transferred to a four-year university after attending community college. This will be a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A. 

When: Thursday, April 8th.  
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Faye Epps 
            eepps@sbccd.cc.ca.us

Stress Solutions Therapy Group

These are 3 week closed virtual therapeutic groups for students to learn how to live mindfully.

Only 5 members will be able to participate at a time.

(1) Monday, April 5th  
 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

(2) Monday, April 12th 
 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Contact: Elaine Akers 

Finance Workshops for Students

Hosted by the Office of Student Life and presented by a representative from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. Join us for two free finance workshops catered to students:

(1) How to Achieve Your Financial Goals/Budgeting 101
Tuesday, April 6 at 2:00 pm

(2) Understanding Credits and Credit Scores
Tuesday, April 13 at 1:00 pm

https://zoom.us/j/99253201405

For more information, please contact Student Life: studentlife@valleycollege.edu
New Flash !!!
Miguel Cardona sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Education

The 45-year-old Cardona will be one of the youngest secretaries to occupy the position since it was established when the Dept. of Education was created in 1980.
Cardona's first major challenge will be to implement the Biden administration's pledge to open the nation's elementary schools within 100 days of taking office, even though the federal government has limited influence over what states and school districts do regarding administration of local schools. Beyond pandemic-related issues, he will be the public spokesperson and advocate for President Biden's expansive education agenda, arguably the most ambitious of any president. Read more >>
During the Pandemic, 3 in 5 Students Face Food and Housing Insecurity, a New Study Finds

It's no secret that college students are struggling with food, housing and job insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. But a new study from the Hope Center For College, Community, and Justice detailed the magnitude of the problem, surveying 38,602 students at 54 colleges and universities in 26 states.
The study found that about three in five students experienced basic needs insecurity from April 20 to May 15. Two-thirds of respondents employed before the pandemic experienced job insecurity and a third lost a job because of the pandemic. 
 
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.