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CBU To Offer Three New Marketing Concentrations

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

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Students at California Baptist University will have more of an opportunity to distinguish themselves in the diverse marketing field starting this fall. CBU will offer three new concentrations for the bachelor’s of science in marketing (BSM) degree: sport marketing, international marketing and sales management.

“The goal of the new concentrations is to prepare students for a very specific career field,” said Dr. Natalie Winter, interim associate dean and associate professor at the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business. “These options give students the opportunity to make a decision about their career path sooner than later.”

Winter said the marketing faculty had been collecting feedback for several years from alumni and students on its BSM program. The responses indicated a demand for more concentrated marketing programs.

The department responded by conducting research on the local job market trends to find appropriate concentrations to offer, she said.

Each concentration consists of 12 units of coursework related specifically to a field of study. Declaring a concentration allows students to focus on courses that are relevant to a desired career path. Additionally, the concentrations add an internship component that propels students to gain hands-on learning experiences.

“Internships are great opportunities for students to position themselves as experienced graduates and help them stand out for future employers,” Winter said. “One of the nice things about being located in the Inland Empire is that students can choose from a broad range of industries to gain this professional experience.”

Winter said students can still graduate in four years with a declared concentration, and they will also receive a general marketing background.

“I believe it will be a win-win situation for students and CBU,” she said.

CBU’s efforts and commitment to education certainly illustrate the Seizing Our Destiny pillar of intelligent growth. Offering these new concentrations will help students expanded their knowledge and become more valuable to employers.

Read more about courses for each concentration here.

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RCC Model United Nations Wins Outstanding Delegation

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Laura M. Tapia on published in Riverside City College Viewpoints on May 30, 2016.)


In an international conference of over 5,000 college and university students from across the world, the Riverside City College Model United Nations team brought home one of the highest awards.

RCC won the Outstanding Delegation award in the National Model United Nations New York for the third year in a row March 27-31.

The team which consisted of 14 students was the largest amount of students ever taken to a conference, according to a letter from Blake Plante, research director of RCC MUN.

“We intend to continue to send large groups,” Plante stated. “But in order to qualify our students must be dedicated.”

Plante also stated that while they are looking for students with strong academic skills they have a thorough training program that can help enrich students’ abilities.

“The benefits (MUN) has had on our delegate’s lives and their careers can not possibly be communicated on paper alone,” he stated.

RCC’s outstanding scholastic achievements makes Riverside a location of choice for students seeking a great education at an affordable price.

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UC Riverside Adds Data Science Specialization to Online MS in Engineering

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sarah Nightingale and published in UCR Today on May 20, 2016.)

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Knowledge is power, but in the age of ‘big data’ many companies are finding themselves with too much of a good thing. The smart ones hire data scientists—experts with the knowledge to analyze large datasets, visualize them, and find meaningful patterns that help businesses get ahead.

To meet the growing demand for data scientists, the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering has added a new Data Science specialization to its Online Master of Science in Engineering, a fully online degree program that is aimed at professionals in multi-disciplinary data-driven fields (engineers, scientists, medical and social media professionals) looking to enhance their careers.

With topics spanning data mining, machine learning, statistical computing, and data visualization, graduates will be ready to help organizations take advantage of the enormous amounts of data generated today, providing new insights and improving decision-making capabilities. The program is jointly developed by UCR faculty and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science staff.

“NASA is just one example of an organization that is relying more and more heavily on data scientists who can analyze and draw conclusions from the vast amount of information that can be collected today,” said Kambiz Vafai, a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Online Master of Science in Engineering. “The specialization is also aimed at people who are working or planning to work in financial sectors, social media, retail and academic research.”

According to the career site, data scientists can initially earn annual salaries of $100,000 to $130,000, while data visualization specialists’ base earnings start around $80,000 and can reach $100,000.

“This is a highly coveted skillset that employers are looking for as they imagine the potential for big data to uncover new revenue streams and improve their business processes,” Vafai said.

Development of the Data Science specialization is supported by a NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) ‘Fellowships and Internships in Extremely Large Data Sets (FIELDS)’ grant awarded to UCR in 2015. The MUREP program aims to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students in NASA-related fields in minority serving institutions.

“The online Master’s program in the Data Science Specialization will equip students with the knowledge needed for a career in data analytics. Students will then be ready to move to various jobs in government labs, industry or academia,” said Bahram Mobasher, Professor of Physics and Observational Astronomy at UCR and Principal Investigator of the FIELDS program.

Launched in 2013, the online master’s now offers six specializations: Data Science, Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials at the Nanoscale, and Mechanical Engineering.

The course material for the online master’s program is equivalent to the traditional master’s program, but with a greater emphasis on technical skills rather than research. Recorded courses, which maintain the same University of California standards as traditional courses, are available for students to watch at convenient times. Students are required to take nine courses for a total of 36 units to graduate, which can be completed in as little as 13 months.

Applications are accepted based on work experience, college coursework completed, GPA, professional certifications, reference letters and GRE scores. The cost of the program is $3,333 per course, or $30,000 for the nine-course program.

Offering a Data Science for Engineering students is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. UCR is dedicated to educating the next generation of student in facets where the can make the biggest impact on the community and the world.

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Riverside Named Most Affordable Major City In The Country

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Nick Wallace and published in on April 19, 2016.)

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a household that spends over 30% of its income on housing is considered “cost-burdened” and could find themselves under financial stress, unable to purchase basics like clothing, medical care and even food. Yet, for too many families, that 30% — which includes rent (or mortgage payments), utilities and maintenance — would be an improvement over what they currently pay.

In a growing number of cities, a significant portion of the population spends 40% or even 50% of income on rent alone. Indeed, SmartAsset’s analysis of rent data across the country found that in many places, a family would need to earn six figures to afford average market rents.

Riverside, California

Average rent for two bedroom apartment: $1,185; Income needed to pay housing costs: $50,786

At least by one measure, Riverside is the most affordable major city in the country. SmartAsset’s analysis found that an income of $50,786 is required for fair market rent on a two bedroom apartment in the city to be affordable. That is just 91% of the city’s median income ($55,636), which means that the typical Riverside household could actually afford an apartment that is slightly more expensive than average.

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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Summer Science Camp For Teens at La Sierra University

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Max Gutierrez and published in La Sierra University on May 12, 2016.)

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Summer Science Camp will offer two weeks with unique experiences. Biomedical Science Week will take place from Mon., June 20 to Fri., June 24. Science Explorations Week will take place from Mon., June 27 to Fri., July 1.

Students in Biomedical Science Week will immerse themselves in the sciences within various healthcare professions. They will be able to explore Loma Linda University’s medical center, schools and centers with two days of learning that will include work with professionals and hands-on experience. They will spend time investigating areas such as pharmacy, nursing, radiography, epidemiology, emergency medicine, dentistry, prosthetics, and more. They will also spend a day training to become CPR and first aid certified.

During Science Explorations Week, students will have a weeklong journey through a wide-range of sciences. They will have access to the laboratories at La Sierra University and will experiment with and learn about optics, volcanoes, metallic flubber, rollercoasters, and other things. The camp will focus two days on lessons in chemistry and physics. Additionally, campers will spend a day at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim where students will learn about the properties of motion, and a day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach where students will learn about marine biology.

All students who wish to participate must submit an application by June 6. Students must be just entering or completing grades 9-12 and should be able to promptly attend each full day of camp for the week registered. Applicants who meet the requirements will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Camps like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. La Sierra University is dedicated to educating the next generation of students and helping them succeed. These programs play a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.

Space is limited. Tuition is $300 per week. For information and registration visit, or contact Program Coordinator Amy Wolf at or 951-785-2148. La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside. A campus map is available at

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Riverside Community Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Department Announces First Class of Internal Medicine Residents

(Press Release from HCA Healthcare, Cherie Crutcher, Director of Marketing & Public Relations.)

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Riverside Community Hospital will welcome 25 residents for the Riverside Community Hospital/UC Riverside School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program.  The residents’ names were announced during the annual Match Day event, when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as resident physicians. The 25 PGY-1 (post-graduate year 1) slots available for Riverside Community Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency program were all successfully matched and filled through this process.

The Internal Medicine program is the first residency at Riverside Community Hospital. 300 interviews were conducted with applicants from around the country.  This program represents the culmination of years of hard work to develop and implement the hospital’s graduate medical education program, and is a significant milestone and addition to the hospital’s ongoing growth and development.

“This class of residents has been selected because of their educational achievements and enthusiasm for making a difference in our community,” said Robby Gulati, M.D., Program Director of the new Internal Medicine residency program. He added, “The presence of faculty and residents increases primary care capacity in the inland Empire.”

Riverside Community Hospital and the UC Riverside School of Medicine are working to develop residency training programs in an effort to reduce the serious physician shortage.  The Inland Empire area has seen patient ratios as low as 120 doctors per 100,000 patients as compared to California statewide where the ratio is 194 per 100,000 patients. The physician shortage in Riverside is expected to worsen as physicians retire faster than new physicians can replace them.

“Riverside Community Hospital is proud to welcome our new residents to our Internal Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program.  We are committed to training the next generation of physicians. The new residency program is one piece of our strategy to address the physician shortage”, said Patrick Brilliant, President and CEO of Riverside Community Hospital.

“This is an important milestone for Riverside Community Hospital and  I am proud of our team who has devoted significant time to building the program,” said Ken Dozier, MD and Chief Medical Officer of Riverside Community Hospital.  “We hope to improve access to Primary Care for individuals in our community, reducing their need to use emergency rooms for non-emergent conditions.”

Dr. Gulati and his team are looking forward to welcoming the first class of residents.  Graduate Medical Education at RCH, in partnership with the UC Riverside School of Medicine, anticipates starting residencies in OB/Gyn, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and General Surgery within the next 24 months.

About Riverside Community Hospital

Founded in 1901, Riverside Community Hospital is a 373 licensed bed, full-service acute care hospital in the heart of the Inland Empire.  RCH has been recognized as a Top Performing Hospital and has invested in a new campus expansion project that includes a new 7-story patient tower, 3-story medical office building, and a recently completed new 5-level, state-of-the-art parking garage.   With over 500 physicians on staff, representing over 200 specialties and over 1,900 employees, Riverside Community Hospital is an Inland Empire leader in providing advanced, comprehensive health care to the Inland region.  RCH houses one of the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50.  RCH is the largest STEMI (heart attack) receiving centers and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center.  Centers of Excellence include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, Center of Excellence for Surgical Weight Loss, the Transplant Program, the Cancer Center and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Riverside Community Hospital is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program.

About UCR School of Medicine

The UCR School of Medicine, one of more than 15 new medical schools established in the U.S. over the last decade, is the sixth medical school in the University of California system.  The school’s mission is to expand and diversify the region’s physician workforce and develop innovative research and healthcare delivery models that improve the health of people living in Inland Southern California. The medical school also offers a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences, and operates five residency training programs in the medical specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry, and partners with Loma Linda University in a primary care pediatrics residency training program.

UC Riverside School of Medicine  is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar.  The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, products, and scholars. Creativity and innovation permeate all that we do, which makes our community a trendsetter for the region, nation, and world to follow.

Riverside Was Selected To Participate In The TechHire Initiative

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Jeff Horseman and published in the Press Enterprise on March 9, 2016.)

Suzanne Sullivan, who is a welding and sheet metal instructor at Vocademy: The Makerspace, works on a Worbla costume, part of a personal project. Photo Credit: Stan Lim, The Press Enterprise
Suzanne Sullivan, who is a welding and sheet metal instructor at Vocademy: The Makerspace, works on a Worbla costume, part of a personal project. Photo Credit: Stan Lim, The Press Enterprise

The White House has picked Riverside to join a nationwide effort to connect residents with the training they need for good-paying information technology jobs.

Riverside’s inclusion in the TechHire initiative is being announced announced Wednesday, March 9. TechHire is expanding to 50 communities nationwide after launching with 21 communities in March 2015.

The initiative will include areas surrounding the city of Riverside. TechHire hubs include the states of Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware and Colorado as well as cities from Los Angeles to New York City.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey said he’s “honored and thrilled” to be included in TechHire, which he learned about during a trip to Washington, D.C. He said local employers have told him they had to go outside the region to find skilled tech workers.

“If we don’t at the local level provide training into this pipeline, then we’re going to have issues in the long run,” Bailey said.

TechHire links local government, educators and private employers to offer training in cybersecurity, software development and related fields. Non-traditional education is emphasized to put students on a quicker path toward the skills they need for tech jobs.

There are more than half a million unfilled tech jobs in the United States, said Jacob Leibenluft, deputy director for the National Economic Council, during a White House conference call. The average IT-related job pays 50 percent more than the average private-sector job, he added.

Locally, Riverside County’s workforce development agency; Riverside Community College District; Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce; and Vocademy: The Makerspace have committed to connecting 4,000 people to tech jobs over the next five years.

Based in Riverside, Vocademy is like “an Olympic training center for hands-on skills,” said founder/CEO Gene Sherman. “We are offering unconventional short programs to get people skilled up for these in-demand jobs instead of going to a convention school for a year or two years.”

Vocademy’s offerings cost less than $5,000, Sherman added.

In addition, companies such as Loma Linda University Medical Center, Redlands-based geographic information system company Esri and Riverside Public Utilities have promised to hire or provide paid internships for 500 employees from non-traditional pathways.

Local efforts to teach tech skills include SmartRiverside, a nonprofit coalition launched in 2006 that promotes tech education in part by offering high-tech business grants and free computers and training for low-income families. TechHire’s goals are “perfectly aligned” with SmartRiverside, said Steve Massa, the city of Riverside’s economic development coordinator, who has played a lead role in getting the TechHire designation.

TechHire could help the Inland Empire solve a chronic problem, said Inland economist John Husing. “The most difficult issue that we face as a region is a very marginally educated labor force,” he said.

That said, “(TechHire) needs to be implemented,” Husing added. “So many of these things tend to make great headlines and then very little comes out the other end.”

Liebenluft said TechHire provides a “call to action” for communities to provide tech training and offers data and other tools to those communities.

“There is something very useful and powerful about the White House rolling out a particular program,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said during the White House conference call. “It’s an organizing principle for those of us on the ground. It also gives credibility to our efforts.”

While there’s no federal funding directly attached to TechHire, the Department of Labor last fall announced a $100 million grant competition to expand advanced tech training.

Be selected to be a part of the TechHire initiative is a testament to why Riverside is a Catalyst for Innovation.  Our community leaders collaborate to address issues, which lead to more inventive and multi-disciplinary approaches. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, products, scholars, businesspeople, artists and entrepreneurs.

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California Air Resources Board Chooses Riverside For $366 Million Facility

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sarah Nightingale and published in UCR Today on March 24, 2016.)

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The California Air Resources Board voted 8-3 today to relocate its motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility from El Monte to an 18-acre site at the University of California, Riverside, which represents a $366 million investment into the community and 400 knowledge-based jobs in the Inland Empire.

The board chose Riverside after deciding that land owned by the University of California on Iowa Avenue near Martin Luther King Boulevard would provide the best opportunity for growth in the coming decades and for collaboration with world-class air quality research already underway at UC Riverside.

“Today’s decision is great news for UC Riverside, the city and county, and it is great news for the people of California,” said UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, who attended the board meeting in Sacramento. “This facility will bring together two world-class institutions working in air quality and emissions science and promises to create a whole range of synergies that simply wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Building this new facility in Riverside now positions our region to become the global capital for air quality research. With construction slated to begin next year, planning has already begun to ensure a smooth transition and, most importantly, accommodate the needs of Air Resources Board employees.”

Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice‘ for organizations seeking affordable land and a educated workforce.

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RCC School of Nursing Secures Two Song-Brown Grants

(This article contains excerpts form the article published in RCC Campus News on March 1, 2016.)

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For the second consecutive year, Riverside City College’s School of Nursing has received Song-Brown grants totaling $325,000.
RCC received $200,000 from the RN Capitation Award and $125,000 from the RN Special Program Award. The $200,000 RN Capitation Award was the second-largest award presented to a college in the state. Meanwhile the College was one of six schools to receive $125,000, the largest amount awarded, from the RN Special Program Award for a Virtual Clinical Simulation (VCS) program.
The Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act was established in 1973 and encourages universities and primary care health professionals to provide healthcare in medically underserved areas, and provides financial support to registered nurse education programs throughout California.
The $200,000 award will help RCC’s School of Nursing address the RN shortage in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties and fund a full-time faculty position. The award will also allow the program to admit an additional 10 students into the Nursing program in the fall. Students admitted into Nursing 11 will have their clinical rotation at one of RCC’s partner hospitals, all located in medically underserved areas. These hospitals serve a patient population with a very high percentage of Hispanic and Spanish-only-speaking individuals. The 10 students will be expected to complete the ADN program and qualify to take the NCLEX exam. Based on historical data, after graduation as many as 90 percent of them will secure employment in the local communities.
“The Song-Brown grants will allow the program to enroll an additional 10 minority nurses over the grant period and create a Virtual Clinical Simulation program,” said Sandy Baker, dean, Nursing. “The Virtual Clinical Simulation program will ensure RCC student nurse exposure to clinical situations. Two designated faculty will prepare to become certified Healthcare Simulation Educators, who will train other faculty; develop and implement simulation scenarios with nursing students; and participate in inter-professional collaborative experiences with other members of the healthcare team.”
A 2014 landmark study conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing validated the use of simulation in pre-licensure nursing curriculum as an effective substitution for up to 50 percent of traditional clinical experiences, producing comparable end-of-program educational outcomes.
RCC’s School of Nursing is one of only 27 nationally accredited associate degree in Nursing programs in California, and has demonstrated great success in attracting and admitting members of minority groups into its RN program.
Grants like these increase the great work done at RCC and help equip their nursing students with the knowledge needed to succeed. RCC’s effort to develop programs that meet the needs of employers is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny intelligent growth pillar.

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Riverside In Top Ten In New Job Openings

(This article contains excerpts from an article written by Anne Fisher and published in on February 9, 2016.)

The 10 American Cities With the Most New Job Openings

According to, despite January’s hiccup in hiring, the economy has been steadily generating jobs at an annual rate of about 2%. But some cities outpaced the rest of the nation over the past 12 months, while others lagged behind. Dallas, for instance, came out on top in a new study of the 150 biggest metropolitan areas by CareerBuilder and its data analytics arm EMSI. The Big D’s 112,829 new jobs beat out even San Jose, Calif., which came in second place at 39,519 new jobs.

Coming in at #9, Riverside, California continues to shine as a leader in economic recovery in Inland Southern California.

Meanwhile, job growth in the oil and gas industry stalled out in some places more sharply than others. Tulsa, Oklahoma, for instance, added 2,295 jobs since last January. That was about 9,000 fewer than it would have gained if local hiring had matched the national rate. But it still outpaced last place-ranked Lafayette, La., another oil hub, which lost 2,100 jobs.

In all, new hiring in 27 of the largest U.S. cities outperformed the national average. The top 10, and the number of positions they created:
  1. Dallas 112,829
  2. San Jose 60,716
  3. Los Angeles 159,477
  4. Seattle 78,082
  5. Miami 81,842
  6. Atlanta 81,161
  7. Orlando 50,384
  8. San Francisco 69,967
  9. Riverside, Ca. 50,511
  10. Charlotte, N.C. 41,390

Job seekers in the bottom 10 cities in CareerBuilder’s study, by contrast, faced relatively slim pickings. “Even though major metros like New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia each added more than 30,000 jobs, they trailed behind national growth trends,” notes Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder’s CEO. So did St. Louis, Richmond, and Cleveland, while the number of job openings in New Orleans actually shrank by 2,491, due mostly to the oil and gas slowdown.

Just another example of how Riverside, California is leading the way as a location of choice.

Apart from what it says about the most and least promising places to look for work, Ferguson sees the research as a snapshot of different regions’ overall economic health. “At its core, the study measures employer confidence,” he says. “If companies are adding jobs at a faster rate in certain markets, that bodes well for housing and consumer spending in those local economies.” He expects the top 10 job markets to show above-average growth through the rest of 2016.

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