CLASSES

Course Schedule

*Elective Class

Leadership
January 27
What are the characteristics of leaders?  What is the relationship between behavioral styles and leadership styles?  What are participant’s visions and how will they lead and influence in the future? The dynamics of leadership is presented by Dr. Dale Marsden, Superintendent - San Bernardino City Unified School District in a highly interactive session through class discussion, survey instruments, video presentations, and group activity.

"Leadership can be developed through any individual.  It's great to realize how your relationships and talent can make you a leader.  After today, I feel we all can be leaders with our own styles." - Alex Guzman, Victor Elementary School District

Media & Public Relations*
February 9
This session will equip participants with the skills necessary to interact with reporters, develop your company’s message, conduct media interviews, develop press releases that get printed, and pitch stories to media outlets.  Real-time camera interview exercises will better prepare students to respond to the media in the event of a crisis. Public speaking tips and techniques will be covered, as well as, the art of blogging and social media do’s and dont's.

"Excellent session!  I especially appreciated the hands-on activities.  Even enough it was tough, I learned a great deal from being put out of my comfort zone to hone my public speaking and crisis communication skills." - Sue Jones, City of Victorville

Education
February 23
School boards face many issues ranging from setting educational policy to finances.  Hear about these issues from a panel of school professionals from the elementary districts to the high school districts.  This session also provides information on charter schools, the future of education, programs our schools offer, and why education is imperative to building strong leaders of tomorrow.

"This class enlightened me on the achievements and the challenges in school and how leadership can play a role!  This facility is awesome!" - Teri Morales, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group

Access Government
March 9
In this session, participants will gain a better understanding of the CA budget process, forms of government, the planning commission process, an overview of county government, as well as, a transparent and up-close look at real issues facing local government. This class is facilitated by three city managers, the county
supervisor, and city council members.

"I truly gained more knowledge on local, county and state government.  In this course, I've learned about budgets, passing of bills and current government officials.  Thanks Victor Valley Chamber and Michele for all the background organization of this course." - Michael Johnson, Desert Community Bank

Human Relations & Diversity*
March 24
Bridging the gap and gaining insight into the Victor Valley’s diverse population and exploring bias and barriers to cultural proficiency through group exercises and discussion.  This session also delves into the differences between races/cultures while providing an enlightened look at stereotypes, discrimination, and how cultural proficiency is crucial in the workplace.  This engaging class is presented by Teresa Wagner, Riverside Unified School District Wellness Program.

"I really enjoyed today's class!  Being able to hear everyone's thoughts on such constant issues the world faces, i.e., religion, race, etc.  Very interesting!  So passionate in discussion."  - Grace Preston, Cross Eyed Cow Pizza


Economic Development
April 13
Ever wondered what happens out at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) since the closure of George Air Force Base?  This class focuses on the importance of continued economic development to stimulate the local economy by attracting new businesses, creating more jobs, and ultimately enhancing the quality of life in this region.  A behind-the-scenes bus tour of SCLA operations (not available to the general public) showcases the companies currently doing business at the former base and the opportunities for continued expansion.

"This inside look at SCLA was extremely interesting & educational from the technical perspective, but also significantly increased my optimism in the economic future of the High Desert." - Jeff McCarthy, Pacific Gas & Electric

Healthcare & Social Issues*
April 27
This class is presented by leaders in the healthcare profession here in the High Desert.  Topics include health care reform, social issues, synthetic drug abuse and availability, community health and wellness, and more.

"The healthcare space can be incredibly challenging to navigate.  This course helped me understand what goes on politically, regulatory and privately that influences the healthcare industry as a whole." - Paul Riding, Capstone Consulting Group

The Court System
May 5
Spend the day in a courtroom at the Victor Valley Courthouse and discover how the different components of the judicial system work, hear both sides of the prosecution and defense roles from the Supervising Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy Public Defender, learn about courthouse security, civil process, and warrants from San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies, tour the criminal and traffic operations office, and gain insight and practical information about serving jury duty.

"This course provides a good picture of the judicial process.  As a citizen, the behind-the-scenes picture helps to understand the time involved in a court case and the delays we experience as jurors." - Richard Matley, San Joaquin Valley College

Natural Resources*
May 25
What are the water needs in our arid desert community?  How do solar plants convert resources into usable energy?  What is wastewater reclamation?  What is alternative energy and why is it important? What infrastructure projects are in the works in the Victor Valley?  Learn the answers to these questions and more when leading industry gurus present a comprehensive look at the natural resources here in the High Desert and government regulations.

“The information provided in this would not have been found in a regular day for me.  It’s opened my eyes to all of the great things happening in our backyard that I didn’t even know about.” – Alyssa Evans, Armstrong Fairway Insurance Agency, Inc.

Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
June 1
The Leadership Victor Valley course concludes with the Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice class which is held at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  This eye-opening experience provides participants with an in-depth look at how our local police force, gang task forces, and prisons operate and includes a once-in-a-lifetime sobering tour of the inside of the federal prison facility.  A wealth of information will be provided including an overview of the Sheriff’s Department, crime trends, retail/business theft, counterfeiting, gang influx into the Victor Valley, inmate population and demographics, a typical day for inmates, victims of crimes, and more.  Speakers include San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; Victorville Gang Unit Detail; San Bernardino County Probation Department; and Federal Bureau of Prisons staff.

“This class was the most fun filled and everyone was so well prepared and full of information.  I was nervous about this class and it was so much better than I expected.” – Tina McClain, Mojave Copy & Printing, Inc.