Local funding solution to repair and improve classrooms, job training facilities and STEM labs

The San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees is asking voters in the November 6, 2018 ballot to support a bond measure to repair college facilities to train firefighters, health care providers, police, engineers, and technicians who fuel our local economy. 

For nearly 100 years, San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College has provided award-winning, affordable higher education and career training to low- and middle-income students from 21 cities and surrounding communities including, Big Bear, Colton, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Yucaipa. Today, we serve about 21,000 students every year. 

Many of our classrooms, job training facilities and science labs need major repairs. From leaky roofs, rusty pipes, faulty electrical systems and outdated campus security systems, we believe our students deserve a better learning environment.

The measure could generate $470 million to help update aging facilities for safe, 21st-century education. The median property owner would pay approximately $44 per year.

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

Why now?

For nearly 100 years, San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College has provided award-winning, affordable higher education and career training to low- and middle-income students from 21 cities and surrounding communities including, Big Bear, Colton, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Yucaipa. Today, we serve about 21,000 students every year. 

Our classrooms, career training facilities and labs need major improvements. We haven't passed a local college bond measure in a decade and we face a backlog of college infrastructure projects.

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