A community plan to improve our local community colleges

The San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees is considering placing a bond measure on the November 2018 ballot to upgrade classrooms and labs to prepare students for future success. The measure could generate $470 million to upgrade our colleges, costing the typical homeowner approximately $44 per year.

We educate the healthcare professionals who serve our medical needs, police and firefighters who keep us safe and train tomorrow's workforce who fuel the economy. 

Our local community colleges are less expensive and ensure that students who cannot afford to go directly to UC or CalState, or other private trade colleges, have the opportunity to succeed through academic programs and modern job training.

Preparing students for career success

As local companies expand and demand for skilled workers grows, we need to improve classrooms, STEM labs and career training facilities to provide students with skills required for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs. 

San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College serves 21,000 Inland Empire students and our colleges are in desperate need of upgrades and repairs to bring facilities up to basic health and safety standards and ensure an up-to-date learning environment.

Potential local funding to help repair, upgrade and improve our local community colleges

A local bond measure will give our local students quality workforce preparation by:

  • Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing and faulty electrical systems
  • Upgrade classrooms, labs and job-training facilities for biology, physical sciences, information technology, engineering, industrial technology, manufacturing, automotive technology, logistics, emergency medical services, anatomy and nursing
  • Improve student safety and campus security systems
  • Improve student centers to provide job training, job placement, counseling and support services to students
  • Improve access for students with disabilities
  • Upgrade libraries to accommodate modern technology, digital resources and improve academic support for students
Strict taxpayer accountability
  • Independent taxpayer's oversight committee and regular audits would ensure funds are spent as promised, and not on college salaries or operating expenses
  • $470 million local funds could not be taken away by Sacramento ensuring that every penny would be spent to improve local colleges
  • Colleges could qualify for state matching funds if we have local funds to construct safe, secure and up-to-date facilities

Why now?

San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College are essential resources for students seeking affordable, local higher education and career skills. Our classrooms, labs and instructional technology must keep up with the modern demands of our Inland Empire Economy

Community input is important to us, that is why the SBCCD Board of Trustees won't make a decision until this summer whether to place the bond measure on the 2018 November ballot.

Tell us what you think

Developing a plan for the future of our local community colleges should be a community-driven process, that is why we want to hear from you.

To learn more contact SBCCD's Director of Marketing, Public Affairs & Government Relations Angel Rodriguez at (909) 382-4012 or arodriguez@sbccd.edu