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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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RUSD Joins Forces With Girls Who Code

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

Photo Credit: RUSD
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 Adds Most Jobs In A Single California Region In November

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sarah Nightingale and published in UCR Today on December 18, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: UCR Today

Continuing a strong year, Inland Southern California added another 4,600 jobs in November on a seasonally adjusted basis.* This increase builds on the 7,400 non-farm positions added in October. The most recent jump puts Inland Southern California at the top of the list for the most jobs added in a single region in California in November.

The numbers were released today in a monthly report compiled and seasonally adjusted by the University of California, Riverside’s School of Business Administration Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

In addition, Inland Southern California’s unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in the latest numbers, compared to a 6.2 percent unemployment rate in October and a 7.6 percent unemployment rate in November 2014.

The Center for Economic Forecasting and Development cautions against reading too much into any single month’s numbers, especially near year’s end. Nonetheless, this month’s employment estimates are another indication the local inland economy is continuing to expand. Jobs number like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.

 * The California Employment Development Department releases its latest estimates of job counts on the third Friday of every month. Each month, the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development will provide seasonally adjusted estimates of employment along with additional analysis of the most recent employment trends occurring throughout Inland Southern California. Today marks the Center’s inaugural employment release.

The full November report is here.

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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 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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Riverside Ranked 3rd In The Nation For Job Growth

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Kathryn Dill and published in Forbes on November 11, 2015.)

Downtown Night Shot

A few cities and states have offered job seekers far friendlier climates than the nation at large this year.

The cities and states that make this list have experienced the strongest non-agricultural job growth over the first three quarters of 2015, according to analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by Professor Lee McPheters at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Projections show the U.S. on track to add 3 million jobs this year, indicating a 2.2% monthly average in national job growth, an increase of about 1.8% since last year.

Topping the list of cities and metro areas (including one million or more workers) for job growth thus far this year is San Jose, California with 5.5% growth so far in 2015–more than twice the nationwide average. Orlando, Riverside, Dallas, and Seattle round out the top five, all with job growth of 3.5% or above.

This ranking is yet another example of Riverside continuing to fuel the intelligent growth of the region.

The Top 10 Cities For Job Growth* in 2015

1. San Jose, California – up 5.5%
2. Orlando, Florida – up 4.1%
3. Riverside, California – up 3.9%
4. Dallas, Texas  – up 3.6%
5. Seattle, Washington – up 3.5%
6. Atlanta, Georgia – up 3.4%
7. San Francisco, California – up 3.3%
8. Denver, Colorado – up 3.1% (tie)
8. San Diego, California – up 3.1% (tie)
8. Portland, Oregon – up 3.1%(tie)

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Nursing Students Called Upon For A Real-Life Emergency

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on October 30, 2015.)

California Baptist University nursing students answered the call from the Riverside Fire Department’s request for assistance in a power outage on Oct. 30. Photo Credit: UCR Today
California Baptist University nursing students answered the call from the Riverside Fire Department’s request for assistance in a power outage on Oct. 30. Photo Credit: UCR Today

California Baptist University nursing faculty and students sprang into action to help a local rehabilitation center when the power went out on Oct. 30 shortly after 11:00 am.

A collapsed tree fell onto power lines on Magnolia Avenue in front of CBU’s front lawn and caused power outages in the surrounding areas. The Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located across the street from CBU, lost its power as well. This facility takes care of nearly 30 individuals that depend on power-operated ventilators to breathe.

The Riverside Fire Department initially responded to the scene.

Dr. Geneva Oaks, dean and associate professor of nursing, said that her office received a call stating that they could use some help.

“We responded immediately, probably around 30 – 40 of our staff and students went down the street,” said Oaks. “There were students running to the center.”

Oaks said that Jeff DeLaurie, battalion chief, wanted skilled hands available in case they needed to use manual devices to help patients breathe.

The center’s backup generators failed to turn the power back on. As a result, more than 10 fire engines and ambulances were called in to provide the power needed to allow the ventilators to keep running.

Oaks said the fire department requested that CBU faculty and students observe patients to ensure they were breathing correctly.

“They were asked to make sure the patients were receiving everything they needed to preserve life,” Oaks said.

The fire department was extremely thankful, Oaks said.

“It was a blessing to see the heart of our staff and students,” said Dr. Susan Drummond, associate dean and associate professor of nursing. “They want to do good and have a heart for service.”

These nurses truly demonstrated what makes Riverside such a unified city. Riverside are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but also have a positive impact on the region, nation, and world.

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Inland Community College Enrollment Grows, Bucking State Trend

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by David Downey and published in The Press Enterprise on September 28, 2015.)

Riverside City College Nursing Students, Photo Credit: Kurt Miller, The Press Enterprise
Riverside City College Nursing Students, Photo Credit: Kurt Miller, The Press Enterprise

At a time when enrollment at community colleges statewide is flat, Inland Southern California campuses are rebounding from the wave of sharp declines that followed the Great Recession and the deep education budget cuts the slump prompted.

And most local colleges are reporting enrollment increases for the fall classes just getting underway.

“We’re kind of bucking the trend,” said Robert Schmidt, a spokesman for the Riverside Community College District, on Monday.

Leading the way this fall is Norco College, which has cracked the 10,000 mark in surging 8.3 percent from fall 2014, according to Riverside Community College District statistics. Riverside City College has also seen increases in enrollment the fall semester. The increase in enrollment in the Inland Empire is great representation of why the Inland Empire and Riverside or becoming a location of choice for students seeking an affordable education.

In San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga-based Chaffey College has surged 5.6 percent, said spokeswoman Sheryl Herchenroeder. And the three-campus institution has surpassed 20,000 in enrollment.

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Partnership Expands STEM Education

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sean Nealon and published in Inside UCR on September 22, 2015.)

From left, Kim Wilcox, Wolde-Ab Isaac and David Hansen sign an agreement to create a partnership to expand STEM education in Riverside. Photo Credit: Inside UCR
From left, Kim Wilcox, Wolde-Ab Isaac and David Hansen sign an agreement to create a partnership to expand STEM education in Riverside. Photo Credit: Inside UCR

The University of California, Riverside, Riverside Unified School District and Riverside City College signed an agreement Sept. 8 to form a strategic partnership to expand STEM education and expose more Riverside students to college-level courses at any early age.

The partnership was signed by UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox, RUSD Superintendent David Hansen and RCC President Wolde-Ab Isaac at a ceremony at Interdisciplinary Building South at UCR.

With an increasing number of jobs requiring skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), preparing a highly-educated workforce in STEM fields is a national and local priority.

To meet these workforce needs, Riverside Unified, UCR and RCC have formed the partnership to ensure more high school students have early access to hands-on experience in laboratories and specialized STEM guidance at UCR and RCC.

This partnership builds upon the current success of the Riverside STEM Academy, which is operated by RUSD and located less than one mile away from UCR. In addition to enhanced curriculum, the agreement also allows the future possibility for RUSD to develop additional academy space on the UCR campus to accommodate student enrollment growth.

Partnerships like this are great examples of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. UCR, RUSD, and RCC are dedicated to educating the next generation of students and helping them succeed. These partnerships play a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.