Course Schedule

*Elective Class

January 18
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.

“I learned a lot about myself. I also learned what people might think of me. I feel this class will help me grow as a leader in business and life.” – Irvin Bloxham, Shear Realty

Media & Public Relations*
February 1
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.

“This was an excellent lesson in pushing outside of my comfort zone. I feel more confident that I could successfully speak in public or handle a crisis situation.” Kirsten Acosta, Victor Valley College Foundation

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.

“Encouraging to see the amazing programs for our young adults to prepare them for success for the rapidly changing world now and in the future. Very exciting and impressive.” Sharon Lopez, State Farm Insurance

Access Government
March 8
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 never understood government and this course gave me great insight on how it works. Very eye-opening to see the challenges all levels of government have to go through to meet the needs of its residents.” – Lawrence Akwaboch, Victor Elementary School District

Human Relations & Diversity*
March 23
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.

“This was a great class with excellent information and exercises. It really makes you think and take into account how important it is to be culturally diverse.” – Naomi Patterson, Spring Valley Lake Association

Economic Development
April 12
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 was a great class that was equal parts entertainment and information on what is being done to better our local economy. I feel inspired that things are moving in the right direction here in the Victor Valley.” – Chris Nunez, Office of Assemblyman Jay Obernolte

Healthcare & Social Issues*
April 26
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.

“This class provided different perspectives about Healthcare and Social Issues. Each of the speakers brought positive energy and shared passion for what they do.” Sharlyn Ruyan, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

The Court System
May 11
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.

“The only exposure the average individual has with the court system is jury duty, so this was an eye opener to get a more detailed portrait of our court system. This was very valuable information!” – Cindy Poore, City of Victorville

Natural Resources*
May 23
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 class went over watersheds and how our local water is dispersed. I learned that Cemex is one of the largest manufactures. I also learned many things about waste water that helped widen my overall perspective on the process.” – Randi Coffman, Apple Valley Communications

Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
June 7 - TBD
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.

“Today I learned a lot about law enforcement, gang units, and the inner workings of a prison. Great class, would love to do it again!” – Aubrey Leon, Desert Community Bank - Hesperia