What:

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.

Why:

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.

How:

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

  • Repairing or replacing leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing and faulty electrical systems
  • Upgrading classrooms, STEM labs, and job-training facilities to meet modern career and safety standards, and to keep local colleges in good condition for years to come
  • Updating campus security systems
  • Improving building access for students with disabilities
  • Modernizing student centers to allow job training, placement, counseling and support services to military veterans and their families

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

When:

We haven't passed a local college bond measure in ten years and we face a backlog of college infrastructure projects.

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.

Send us a note:

We welcome your input as we work together to upgrade our colleges to prepare students for success. Contact SBCCD's Director of Marketing, Public Affairs & Government Relations Angel Rodriguez at (909) 382-4012 or arodriguez@sbccd.edu