San Bernardino Valley College welcomed Senator Connie Leyva and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes for a ceremonial presentation of a $35 million check towards the renovation of the Applied Technology building on campus. After championing the building’s renovation as a state budget priority earlier this year, these elected officials celebrated the project with other dignitaries on the grounds that will house a new 21st century training center for Inland Empire students.

The $35 million check matches the state funds approved to build this nearly 100,000-square-foot modern career training hub, where students will receive the necessary preparation to sharpen their skill sets to meet the needs of today’s tech economy. Built in 1964, the current 78,000-square-foot technical facility is one of the oldest on campus.

With the $70 million in state and Measure CC funds, it will be a huge boon for SBVC students to be able to not only learn, but do hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment. “A new cutting edge job training facility will elevate career technical education training in the Inland Empire and create pathways to the highly skilled, good paying jobs that our communities deserve,” said Senator Leyva to the San Bernardino Community College District. “I am proud to partner with Assemblymember Reyes and SBVC to bring good jobs and quality public education to the Inland Empire.”

Approved by 61% of voters last year, Measure CC will generate $470 million for upgrades to classrooms and job training facilities in the San Bernardino Community College District. The new Applied Technology Building is expected to begin construction in July 2021, with its final debut anticipated for 2023.