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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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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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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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Riverside Ranked Number 1 For Total Housing Sold In November

(This blog contains data from the IVAR Housing Data Report – November 2015 and excerpts from the article written by Fielding Buck and published in the Press Enterprise on December 16, 2015.)

Downtown Night Shot

The city of Riverside ranked #1 for total units sold in Inland Southern California for the month of November. With a total of 242 units sold at a value of $85.5 Million.

In Riverside County, 2,797 homes sold, a 5.5 percent increase year over year, and the median home price rose from $305,000 to $318,500, a 4.4 percent increase year over year.

In San Bernardino County, 2,005 homes sold in November, 2.3 percent rise in sales year over year. But the median sale price was up 9.3 percent year over year, from $254,000 to $277,500.

Inland Southern California continues to see a spillover as potential homebuyers from coastal areas seek more affordable housing here than they can get there. Affordability and amenities continue to make Riverside a location of choice for people seeking the California lifestyle at an affordable price. An unmatched landscape, year-round outdoor activities, ample recreational options and attention to healthy living make Riverside one of the most inspiring, livable, healthy and adventurous cities to live in or visit.

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Mission Inn Holiday Festival Ranked Best In Nation

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in the Press Enterprise on December 23, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: Milka Soko

The annual Festival of Lights celebration at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside again has ranked at the top of a USA Today poll.

In late 2014, USA Today readers voted it the best public lights display, and on Wednesday it was named the best holiday festival, beating events in San Francisco, San Diego and seven other cities.

The 23rd year of the event features more than 4 million lights, 400 characters on the property and some returning snack favorites like funnel cakes and miniature doughnuts.

Surrounding events like vendors and ice skating will end Jan. 2, but the rest will remain through Jan. 6.

The Festival of Lights is just one of the many things that make Riverside a location of choice for people seeking a great and affordable community. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed, inspired, and entertained.

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Kaiser Permanente Riverside Named “Top Hospital” by Leapfrog Group

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

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The Leapfrog Group — a national watchdog group that compares hospitals’ performance on U.S. standards of safety, quality and efficiency — has named Kaiser Permanente Riverside and 16 other Kaiser Permanente hospitals as “Top Hospitals.”

The annual “Top Hospital” list is an exclusive group of U.S. medical centers. While more than 1,300 urban hospitals completed the Leapfrog survey and were considered for the recognition, only 62 (4.7 percent) were named “Top Hospitals.” In California, only 23 hospitals made the list. Kaiser Permanente’s 17 hospitals make up nearly three-quarters of the state’s “Top Hospitals.”

“Kaiser Permanente Riverside’s performance in The Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospital ratings reflects the successful outcomes that come from providing care within an integrated, coordinated health care model,” said Vita Willett, senior vice president, area manager for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. “Our more than 432,000 members are able to achieve the best health outcomes because of the dedicated focus on high-quality care provided by our Kaiser Permanente physicians, nurses and care teams.”

In order to be on the list, a “Top Hospital” must have fulfilled stringent performance standards for high-risk procedures (such as heart surgery). A medical center must have also attained outstanding success in areas such as instituting stringent safety practices, and reducing infection rates and mortality rates for common procedures. Hospitals must also fully meet Leapfrog’s standards for implementing computer physician order entry systems

“Kaiser Permanente is consistently receiving the highest marks for quality and safety because our care teams are committed to doing what’s best for the member, keeping them safe and healthy,” said Frank Flowers, MD, area medical director for Kaiser Permanente Riverside. “Having experts available from every specialty area working in collaboration with their care teams, and utilizing the most advanced electronic medical record allows us to provide patients rapid, cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment.”

These achievement made by Kaiser, make Riverside a location of choice for people searching for a city with great healthcare.

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“Autumn Arbor Day” Event Highlights Stewardship Efforts At CBU

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in cbu News & Events on December 7, 2015.)

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Photo Credt: CBU News & Events

About 40 students, faculty and staff of California Baptist University helped make the CBU campus a little greener at an Autumn Arbor Day service project on Dec. 5.

Five teams were assigned to planting trees in parking lots and cultivating and laying down new mulch for a big eucalyptus tree in the Colony residential area.

Ed Schmachtenberger, manager of grounds and landscaping, said there are plans to plant as many as 50 additional trees around campus.

Dr. Jacob Lanphere, assistant professor of environmental science, attended the event with his family. He said it was a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with nature.

“We talk about a lot of these things in the classroom, but when students get an opportunity to come out, be involved, get a little bit of exercise and be a part of it, they will always remember being involved in the community and making it look better, but also making the Earth look better,” he said.

Emily Borden, a creative writing sophomore, helped replace the mulch.

“I’m happy anytime trees are planted and I’m happy that I could help this tree flourish,” she said.

CBU is one of nine higher education institutions in California designated as a Tree Campus USA college by a program implemented by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Events like this not only help Riverside stay clean, but also creates a beautiful city for people to visit and live in. With our already outstanding landscape, year-round activities, and ample recreational options, Riverside has another reason for it to be a location of choice for people seeking a clean and beautiful place to live.

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