San Bernardino Valley College recently broke new ground in higher education and job readiness, when fifteen Cajon High students studying to become medical assistants completed a 72-hour course made available by the college’s workforce readiness program. The innovative strategy was designed and implemented by the Office of Economic Development and Corporate Training of the San Bernardino Valley College District.
With their successful completion of the program, the fifteen student became eligible to participate in a paid internship through the county’s Workforce Development Board at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The students also became eligible to receive work-experience-related college credit from San Bernardino Valley College. The program is the first tuition-free program of its kind at any inland area high school.
Commenting on the student’s success, San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron said, “Working with our community to prepare our local students for the needs of employers is our number one priority.”
Baron continued, “We are proud to have worked hand-in hand with San Bernardino City Unified School District, Cajon High School and San Bernardino County Workforce Development to give this bright class of students the foundation to succeed in the world of work.”
San Bernardino Valley College offers several Job Readiness Skills Certificate Program Courses that consist of 72 hours of instruction. The programs prepare students to enter the workforce through career exploration and planning, interview preparation and job acquisition, and communication and workplace skills development. To learn about the school’s Job Readiness Skills Certificate Program, visit https://www.valleycollege.edu/academic-career-programs/specialized-programs/workforce/index.php.
High school students interested in concurrent college enrollment opportunities but do not attend Cajon High School can learn more about San Bernardino Valley College’s free concurrent enrollment programs, which are available to any high school student with the approval of their school administrator and parent(s). To learn more, visit https://www.valleycollege.edu/admissions-financial-aid/admissions-records/admissions/hs_concurrent_enroll.php.