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San Bernardino Valley College was established in 1926 and is the twenty-fifth oldest community college in California. In 1926, San Bernardino Valley College’s campus was split between San Bernardino High School and Colton High School and consisted of 140 students and one administrator, George H. Jantzen, who was dean of the college. Today, San Bernardino Valley College offers classes to 25,000 students and runs on an annual budget of $59 million. The college district, which includes two campuses, has 243 full-time faculty, 750 part-time faculty and staff of 459. It serves multiple high school districts, and the district encompasses nearly 500 square miles (1,300 km2).
As part of the state system of community colleges, San Bernardino Valley College is dedicated to providing educational opportunities at minimum cost. Central to San Bernardino Valley College’s philosophy is the idea of general education - a system of instruction that gives the student a basic competence in written and spoken English, mathematics, history and government; a regard for health, both mental and physical; a grasp of the basic disciplines and methodologies of human and scientific study, and knowledge in some depth of chosen subject area. The college offers degrees in the arts and sciences to students who successfully complete a comprehensive two-year course study. This course study corresponds to the lower division requirements of the University of California and the California State University system, so qualified students can transfer to four-year institutions with junior standing. San Bernardino Valley College transfer students have demonstrated a high success rate in continuing their education at the four-year College and university level. While recognizing the importance of a general education, the college also recognizes an obligation to provide specialized programs leading directly to employment or to improving the skill and knowledge of those already employees in the work force. To achieve this, the college offers more than 40 programs in technical and occupational fields. Courses may be taken individually to improve specific skills or as part of a program leading to an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science and or a Certificate of Completion in specific occupational fields. Qualified students can even combine work and study through work experience programs. San Bernardino Valley College was a pioneer in the work/study concept. In addition to general and occupational programs, San Bernardino Valley College offers developmental programs for students who need to improve basic skills before taking advanced classes, counseling and guidance programs, and service for disabled students, veterans and other adults. San Bernardino Valley College has been a leader in programs for the physically handicapped, including adaptive physical education classes.
San Bernardino Valley College also offers its students a diverse selection of clubs. At San Bernardino Valley College there are more than 30 clubs and organizations representing a variety of academic and career pursuits. There are also a number of special interest groups.
Carleton W. Lockwood, Jr., President
Dr. Donald L. Singer, Vice President
John M. Futch, Clerk
Donna Ferracone, Trustee John Longville, Trustee
James C. Ramos, Trustee
Jess Vizcaino, Jr., Trustee
Christopher Walsh, Crafton Hills Student Trustee
Jaime Sanchez, San Bernardino Valley Student Trustee
Located on the SBVC campus, Middle College High School is a 3-year high school that reaches out to students with high potential but who may be struggling on a regular high school campus. Students spend mornings in Valley College courses and the afternoon taking high school classes in English, math and science. Students can graduate with an associat the same time as a high school diploma.
The school boasts a 98% graduation rate and the highest Academic Performance Index score (832) of any high school in San Bernardino or Riverside counties. It has won a federal recognition under the 2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award.
San Bernardino Valley College has numerous accomplishments in the field of competitive sports. Below will soon include a listing of those athletic achievements only bestowed on a select few. The author of this section would like to acknowledge the work of alumnae Roger Schmidt and Harry Carson Frye and thank them for their extensive history which provides the base of the information below.
Between 2001 and 2010, several of the campus' major buildings have been demolished and new ones built nearby. The college's original builders were unaware of the San Jacinto Fault Zone, which bisects the campus and ran under the foundations of some buildings. A seismic study in 1995-1996 confirmed the danger of the fault to the campus. The buildings, most over 50 years old, were not built to modern seismic standards and it was decided that creating new buildings would be more sensible than retrofitting the aging ones. Buildings replaced included the Administration Building, the Library, the Student Center/Cafeteria Building, the Art Building, the Physical Sciences Buildings, the Life Science Building, and North Hall. Prominently preserved is the Auditorium. Built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, the ornate building contains the clock tower that is featured on many of the college's publications.
Julie Sommars: actress; nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.
Dr. Earl R. Stadtman: Internationally Renowned Biochemist
Twyla Tharp: dancer and choreographer. She has won Emmy and Tony awards, and currently works as a choreographer in New York City.
John Trudell: author, poet, actor, musician, and Native American political activist.
Judith Valles: Mayor of San Bernardino 1997-2005, she is the first Latina elected Mayor in the City's history; in 2001 she ran unopposed for a second term.
Tyree Washington: sprinter; 5 time gold medalist in the 4x400 m relay and the 400m.
Jimmy Webb: songwriter; his compositions include "Up, Up and Away", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston" and "MacArthur Park". His songs have been recorded or performed by Glen Campbell, The 5th Dimension, Richard Harris, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and R.E.M., among others.
Edwin Wylie Vascular surgery: one of the early American pioneers who developed and fostered advanced training in vascular surgery and pushed for its recognition as a specialty in the United States in the 1970s.
Charles E. Young: Chancellor Emeritus and Professor at the UCLA School of Public Affairs; chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1968–1997; president of the University of Florida 1999-2004; currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Dino Ebel: former manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers who is currently the third base coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Rich Dauer: former professional baseball player who played with the Baltimore Orioles primarily as an infielder from 1976–85; was an All-American at the University of Southern California and helped the Trojans win the 1974 College World Series; currently the third base coach for the Colorado Rockies.
Julio Cruz (baseball): former professional baseball player who played second base in the major leagues from 1977–1986; with the Seattle Mariners, from 1978 through 1983, he stole over 40 bases each season and was the team's all-time leader in that statistic.
Ken Hubbs: second baseman who played from 1961 to 1963 for the Chicago Cubs in the National League.
Al Jury: football official in the National Football League (NFL) from 1978 to 2004 as a field judge then as a back judge when the league swapped position names in 1998. Over the course of his NFL career, Jury was selected to officiate in a record-tying five Super Bowls: XX in 1986, XXII in 1988, XXIV in 1990, XXVIII in 1994 and XXXIV in 2000.
Craig Newsome: NFL cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. He was the starting cornerback on the 1996 Green Bay Packers championship team. He also had a forced fumble and an interception in Super Bowl XXXI.
Johnnie Harris: Arena Football League defensive specialist with the Philadelphia Soul. He has previously played for the Tampa Bay Storm (1996–1998), the Orlando Predators (2005), and the Grand Rapids Rampage (2006). Harris also played in the National Football League as a defensive back for the Oakland Raiders (1999–2001) and the New York Giants (2000–2003).