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CBU Flight School Earns Significant Certification

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on January 15, 2015.)

Dr. Daniel Prather (left), chair of CBU’s aviation program, receives a Part 141 Air Agency Certification from Keith Frable, manager of the Federal Aviation Administration Riverside Flight Standard District Office on Jan. 15. Photo Credit: CBU News & Events
Dr. Daniel Prather (left), chair of CBU’s aviation program, receives a Part 141 Air Agency Certification from Keith Frable, manager of the Federal Aviation Administration Riverside Flight Standard District Office on Jan. 15. Photo Credit: CBU News & Events

The Aviation Science program at California Baptist University received one of the highest certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A representative from the FAA Riverside Flight Standard District Office (FSDO) was on hand at the Flight Operation Center to present the Part 141 Air Agency Certification to CBU on Jan. 15.

“To California Baptist University’s credit you’ve managed to obtain this certificate within a short time frame,” said Keith Frable, manager of Riverside’s (FSDO). “This is a great step forward for the university and students are very fortunate to be here.”

Marie LeBlanc, chief flight instructor at CBU, said there are several benefits to obtaining this certification. Having an FAA approved Part 141 program allows CBU to admit veterans and international students into the program with fewer admission obstacles. Additionally, CBU may apply for further FAA approvals that would reduce required flight hours for students to become an airline pilot.

To receive the certification CBU had to pass various Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and inspections. Additionally, to retain the certification CBU must continuously meet standards specified by the FAA in categories such as equipment, facilities, personnel and curriculum.

The CBU Aviation Science program currently offers three undergraduate majors and plans to add two more next fall. The inaugural class opened in fall of 2013. This semester there are more than 70 students in the program with enrollment expected to increase to 100 in the fall 2016 semester, said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the aviation program.

This certification  helps make CBU and Riverside a ‘location of choice‘ for students seeking a great aviation program.

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CBU Online Earns Several Top 40 National Rankings

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News and Events on January 19, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: CBU News and Events

California Baptist University has earned the No. 34 spot among online bachelor’s programs in the 2016 Top Online Education Program national rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. This puts CBU second among California colleges ranked in the top 40 for the best online bachelor’s programs. CBU has placed in the top 40 for the fourth consecutive year.

CBU Online and Professional Studies (OPS) currently serves more than 3,600 students online. OPS offers 25 online undergraduate majors and concentrations, 14 graduate majors and specializations and a doctorate in public administration program that launched this month.

“When you look at the number of universities that continue to add online programs, thus making it even more competitive, to be consistently rated in the top 40 nationwide speaks well to meeting our goal of serving the adult student’s educational needs,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for OPS.

CBU also received high online rankings for training instructors with a No. 2 for online MBA faculty and credentials training; No. 3 for online graduate education faculty training; and a No. 4 for faculty and training in the bachelor’s degree category.  Once again CBU is demonstrating what makes it a location of choice for students from all around the globe.

“The latest rankings support our plans to continue to build and deliver quality programs that serve the growing need for online education,” Poole said.

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RUSD Joins Forces With Girls Who Code

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in RUSD News.)

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Photo Credit: RUSD

Riverside Unified School District announced today a partnership with Girls Who Code, the national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. The partnership between the school district and the non-profit will provide computer science education and real-world programing experience to girls through two free programs: the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program and the Girls Who Code Clubs Program. This is Girls Who Code’s first formal partnership with a school district in the country.

With this partnership, Riverside Unified and Girls Who Code will work to inspire, educate, and equip girls in the Riverside community with the skills and resources they need to pursue opportunities in computing. The Summer Immersion Program is a free 7-week introduction to computer science for rising juniors and seniors in high school. The Clubs program is a free after-school or weekend program for middle and high school students. Interested students and parents can find out more about both programs by visiting

Since 2012, Girls Who Code has reached more than 10,000 girls in 42 states. Importantly, 90 percent of Summer Immersion Program graduates have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science.

“Since founding Girls Who Code, it’s been my dream to democratize access to computer science education for girls across the country,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “Thanks to the Riverside Unified School District, we are one step close to achieving that dream.”

Dr. Angelov Farooq, Board Trustee at Riverside Unified School District said “as a school district dedicated to equipping students with technical skills they need to get jobs, we are thrilled to pioneer the first­ever Girls Who Code partnership with a school district. Reshma is both a personal friend and a true visionary, and I’m excited to work together to bring the national movement to close the gender gap in technology to the Riverside community.”

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs open in the computing related fields, but the United States is only on pace to filling 29% of them with computer science graduates. At current rates, only 3% will be filled by women. Girls Who Code and its partners nationwide are seeking to change that.

This partnership is the latest commitment by Riverside Unified to bring technology education to its students. Sporting the tagline, “Innovation in Education,” Riverside Unified has made technology implementation one of its highest priorities. The District supports the city’s Smart Riverside computer training for low-income families as well as its Code to Careers initiative, which grew out of the success of the city’s computer training and the district’s participation with Google’s CS First initiative, in which 1,700 RUSD students have written more than 12,000 hours of code. The district has also spearheaded a multi-district consortium with

Riverside’s initiative to promote and encourage STEM education is a model of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  STEM education plays a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non­profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st ​century opportunities. Additional information is available at w​​

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Inland Southern California Community Colleges Recognized

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Craig Shultz and published in the Press Enterprise on January 27, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: The Press Enterprise

Four Inland schools have been designated among the top 150 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

Mt. San Jacinto, Norco, Riverside City and San Bernardino Valley colleges are now eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

The prize, awarded every two years, recognizes high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, RCC attracts students and professionals from across the country due to the great reputation and overall integrity that the campus stands by.

The community colleges were selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges. They were among 21 California colleges recognized. That number is up from seven from the state two years ago.

Ten finalists will be named in the fall and the institute will conduct site visits and collect additional data. The grand prize winner and finalists with distinction will be announced in early 2017.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

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UC Riverside Sees Record Number of Applicants for Fall 2016

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Mojgan Sherkat and published in UCR Today on January 11, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: Carlos Puma

The University of California, Riverside received more than 50,000 student applications for admission into the university for the Fall 2016 term. That is just over a 10 percent increase compared to the previous application cycle.

The pool of 52,467 applicants was made up of a total of 41,559 freshmen, and 10,908 transfer students.  UCR exceeded the 50,000 mark in total applications for the first time in the school’s history.

“Hitting this milestone is significant for the Riverside campus because it demonstrates in real numbers UCR’s popularity across the state,” said Emily Engelschall, the director of undergraduate admissions. “The numbers show that UC Riverside continues to grow as a campus of choice.”

There was also a significant increase in transfer applications.

“UCR is dedicated to increasing the number of transfer students on our campus,” Engelschall said. “To this end we have put forth much effort in our transfer specific outreach efforts. The increase in applications the UCR campus received for the Fall 2016 filing period is an early sign those outreach efforts are working.”

UC Riverside is always expanding and improving in a remarkable fashion.  Representing Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar, UCR attracts students and professionals from across the country due to the great reputation and overall integrity that the campus stands by.

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$10 Million Gift Is Largest Ever For CBU

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in cbu News & Events on January 8, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: CBU

California Baptist University President Ronald L. Ellis announced a $10-million gift during the January meeting of the CBU Board of Trustees. It is the largest gift in the history of the institution.

Trustees applauded the announcement that Ellis said had been in the works for well over a year.

“We are very excited to announce this wonderful gift,” Ellis said. “It’s not that uncommon today for universities of our size to receive seven-figure gifts. We’ve received several. But to get an eight-figure gift is quite an honor.”

Ellis said the donor wishes to remain anonymous. The gift will help fund construction of a three-story building encompassing 100,000 square feet to house the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering. With an estimated total cost in excess of $50 million, the CBU engineering building project is targeted for completion in the summer of 2018.

“This is going to accelerate the trajectory of the engineering program at CBU,” Ellis said. “It is a tremendous highlight for CBU and we praise God for his providence.”

Gifts like this help equip CBU’s engineering students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. CBU’s effort to develop programs that meet the needs of employers is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny intelligent growth pillar.

Founded in 1950, California Baptist University is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. CBU offers more than 150 majors, minors and concentrations, as well as more than 40 graduate programs and two doctoral programs. Affiliated with California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education.

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RCC Applied Digital Media And Printing Program Named Best In The Nation

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in RCC Campus News on January 12, 2016.)

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Riverside City College’s Applied Digital Media and Printing Program has been selected best in the nation, winning the 2015 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence from the Printing Industries of America (PIA).
 The award recognizes an outstanding graphic communications program in a middle school, high school, or junior/community college. Patrick Scullin, associate professor of the Applied Digital and Media program (ADM), will receive the award at the 68th Annual Technical Conference of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), March 20–23 in Memphis, TN.
“This is a significant accomplishment for the Applied Digital Media and Printing program and its faculty and staff,” Scullin said. “To be recognized by PIA and the professional printing industry confirms that what we teach in ADM prepares students with the appropriate technical skills to work in the graphic communications industry.”
RCC’s program prepares students for careers in graphic communication as graphic designers, multimedia designers, graphic and layout artists, illustrators, web designers, electronic pre-press technicians or press operators.
“Our students receive hands-on training with actual press equipment, in addition to creative and software related instruction,” Scullin said. “This combination of theoretical and practical skills is something that most graphic design programs don’t provide their students.”
ADM students at RCC regularly win national awards through competitions like SkillsUSA that test knowledge and technical training. Last year, student Tiffany Vang won the print industry’s equivalent of the Triple Crown when she won a gold medal in Graphics Communications at the SkillsUSA competition, completing a sweep of the regional, state and national competitions. She was one of seven RCC students to compete in last year’s national competition. The College’s program also received PrintED accreditation in 2013. PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®), is a national accreditation program.
“The award is the perfect capstone to the legacy of retired Professor Richard Finner,” Scullin said.
Although it is a yearly challenge to stay in step with latest print technologies, Scullin said district support, career grants, and industry partners ensure that the program is able to bridge the gap between obsolete and new technology.
In announcing the award, Ara Izquierdo, vice president of industry relations at PIASC, said, “For many years, RCC’s Graphic Technology Department has supplied the printing industry with qualified and skilled young men and women. Furthermore, we believe that RCC’s graphic arts program is better and stronger every year.”
This achievement helps make RCC and Riverside a location of choice for students seeking the very best education without the high cost.
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RCC Cyber Team Beats UC Berkeley; Finishes Second To Cal Poly Pomona

(This article contains excerpts from the article published RCC Campus News on January 13, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: RCC
A five-member cyber-ops team from Riverside City College finished second overall in last weekend’s 9th Virtual Invitational Cyber Defense Competition.
Riverside was one of 14 teams competing in the virtual competition. Cal Poly Pomona was the overall winner, followed by RCC and UC Berkeley. The RCC team did win the Keeping Up Services Category, edging out UC Irvine and San Jose State. In the category of Managing Injects, the RCC team finished second to Cal Poly Pomona, tying with Stanford. UC Berkley was third.
RCC’s team of Brad Crane, Saleth Kreiner, Drew Allensworth, Troy Redfearn, and Manny Otiko advances to the Virtual Qualifier event on January 30, with the top eight teams advancing to Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) March 17-20 at Cal Poly Pomona.
The competition provides a controlled, competitive environment to assess students’ depth of understanding and competency in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information system. Teams assume administrative and protective duties for a commercial network–typically 50 plus users, 7-to-10 servers, and common Internet services such as a web server, a mail server and an e-commerce site.
Each team begins with an identical set of hardware and software. Teams are scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of services, respond to business requests and balance security needs against business needs. An automated scoring engine verifies each team’s performance on a periodic basis while traffic generators continuously feed simulated user traffic into the competition network. A “black hat” team attempts to disrupt and infiltrate the protected Internet services, allowing teams to match defensive skills against live opponents.
The RCC Cyber-Ops Club is in its third year. Last year’s team qualified for the finals, coming in second in the Keeping Up Services category. UC Berkeley and Cal Poly Pomona finished 1-2 in last year’s finals.
“I’m extremely proud of the team,” James Cregg, associate professor, Information Systems and Technology, said. “There is a lot of work ahead in order to prepare for the next competition; however, I am confidante of a successful outcome.”
Winning competition like this helps RCC and Riverside become a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.
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EXCEED: Creating Choices And Opportunities For Adults With Disabilities

(This blogs contains information pulled from on December 28, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: EXCEED


On May 4, 1981, Valley Resource Center opened in Hemet, California with 17 clients and by year end was serving 29 persons. In 1983, Valley Resource Center received a grant that helped to establish a facility in San Jacinto. In 1985, a second facility in Perris was opened. At present, EXCEED is serving over 480 clients in its Perris, Hemet, Riverside and La Quinta locations; and over 150 others in individual or enclave community placements throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

What  they do:

Life Skills Training- EXCEED’s Adult Developmental Centers (ADC) provide basic living skills training, which assists clients in reaching their maximum level of independence and access into the community. Their curriculum includes self-advocacy, mobility training, money management, functional reading and writing, pre-vocational and daily living skills training.

Senior Component- Their Senior Program is designed for clients who are older and wish to focus on retirement and leisure skills. The program includes hobbies, recreational activities, and other appropriate activities and living skills geared to older adults.

Healthy Living- Their Casa del Valle Residential Program provides long-term housing, care and training to 14 adults with developmental disabilities in a 4,400 square foot, 8-bedroom facility on approximately 0.9 acres.

Vocational Training and Job Placement- EXCEED’s Supported Employment program offers job matching and individual placements within the community. When an individual enters the program, a match of the client’s skills to the appropriate work environment is made. Initially, a Job Coach is assigned to the individual to provide training. Clients receive on-going support as needed in order to maintain or enhance employment. Clients usually work 20 or more hours per week and earn competitive wages.

Supervised Work Teams (enclaves) are an extension of the Supported Employment program. Clients are placed in industry, in small groups with an on-site supervisor. These clients learn and perform various jobs within Industry in a competitive employment environment. Clients enhance work and social skills to go on to Individual Placement or competitive employment. Clients are referred to enclaves from other EXCEED programs, or from outside referral sources.

Teaching Marketable Work Skills- EXCEED’s Work Activity Centers (WAC) provide vocational training for persons that wish to acquire marketable work skills. Clients have the opportunity to work on a variety of contracts including packaging, assembly, labeling, light manufacturing, and mailers. A Maintenance Training Program provides instruction in janitorial and lawn maintenance.

Our crews work at various residences and businesses in the community, and State Highway Rest Areas. In addition to specific work skills, the Work Activity Center program stresses the development of appropriate work habits and attitudes. Some of our contract companies include: Cal Trans, California Highway Patrol, Riverside County municipalities, nationwide and worldwide retailers and distributors. Clients in this program spend their time in paid work and vocational skills training. Over the past year, more than 25 clients have transitioned from WAC to community placement.

EXCEED can also provide a well-trained crew to perform janitorial and grounds keeping work. A contract agreement is made and services are billed monthly.

Organizations such as EXCEED are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only to address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.

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School Raises $3,000 In A Week For Foster Children

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Anne Marie Walker and published in The Press Enterprise on December 14, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: The Press Enterprise

On Dec. 4, Terrace Elementary School presented a check for $3,000 to Together We Rise, a charity dedicated to aiding foster children. The elementary school students raised the money by bringing in coins to class and met their goal within a week.

The elementary school is part of No Excuses University, a national network of schools that prepares students for college. During its annual No Excuses National Convention they announce the Charity of the Year. At this year’s convention, Together We Rise was chosen as the charity.

Together We Rise, which is based in Brea, is a nationwide charity that promotes welfare of foster children – even after they have aged out of the adoption system. Children who move to a new home are typically given trash bags to put their belongings in, but this charity provides what are called Sweet Cases, which are bags with a blanket, a book, and a teddy bear. Together We Rise also provides clothing for back-to-school season, bicycles and care packages for college students.

Last year, the students of Terrace Elementary raised $2,500 for the Friends of Jacqueline Foundation, a charity that supports children with brain tumors. This year, Principal Emily M. Devor wanted to meet the goal of $3,000. They met that goal within a week.

The school began a Coin Drive to raise the funds. On Monday, the students brought in pennies, Tuesdays they brought in nickels, Wednesday were dimes, Thursday for quarters, and finally on Friday they brought in dollar bills.

Although donations had been made before and after the Coin Drive, the students raised the majority of the funds.

“We try to teach them that we all have challenges, we all have variables, but there’s always someone who has it worse than we do,” Devor said. “We need to help others even when it seems like we’re struggling ourselves.”

According to Devor, the students were excited to be able to contribute and gleefully brought in bags of coins. Together We Rise’s mascot is a teddy bear and paper cut outs of the mascot were distributed for children to color in and later hang in the administrative office. At the school’s Gateway to College Pep Rally, where students learn college words, have an adopted school, and celebrate the year they will potentially graduate from college, the youth leadership group, PAW PALS, presented the check for $3,000 to Together We Rise.

Gianna Dahlia, executive director of Together We Rise is thankful for the school’s efforts in promoting the cause. The money raised will directly fund the Sweet Cases program and care packages for college students.

“We are really humbled that people are getting involved with foster kids,” she said. “I think we’re showing that anyone can help and it’s humbling that people are starting to get that concept.”

Damen Lopez, founder of No Excuses University, praised the students of Terrace Elementary.

“We have so many kids who live in poverty, [and] those kids have such great hearts. They know that there are other people who need them,” he said.

Efforts like this truly demonstrate why Riverside is such a unified city. Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants and beyond.

To volunteer or donate to Together We Rise, visit

For more information on No Excuses University, go to

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