Over $1.2 million in new funding from the Strong Workforce Program has helped San Bernardino Valley College programs excel by purchasing new equipment and hiring experienced instructors.

These Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at SBVC are now able to work with the most technologically advanced equipment and provide students the highest quality of hands-on training. 

The funding has been used to expand equipment in several CTE programs.

SBVC has been able to purchase a 3-D printer for its graphic design department, and a 2017 Ford Focus hybrid electric car for automotive classes. The nursing program also benefitted from newly acquired equipment typically found in hospital setting. One piece of equipment, called a Pyxis, is an automated system that will help nurses distribute medication accurately and efficiently. Mechanical mannequins were also purchased to provide students a realistic way to diagnose the symptoms in a supervised environment.  

Additionally, the funding has been used to onboard experienced instructors for faculty positions. Culinary Arts has welcomed Chef Danny Babin, baking expert Sohrab Zardkohi, and laboratory technicians Christine Camarena and Andres Dominguez to their department. The new faculty members will be able to train students in a kitchen environment that matches the state-of-the-art standard of the current hospitality industry.

This has been made possible with the Strong Workforce Program purchase of a new industrial Rational brand oven that can proof, bake, roast, hold large amounts of food for the projects of the culinary program. The Strong Workforce Program helps to strengthen CTE programs through regional collaboration, and by preparing more students for high-demand, high-wage jobs.

Through equipment upgrades and expert hirings, SBVC is able to provide state-of-the-art equipment and technology to better prepare students for their technical careers.