October 14th, San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) had a 90th Anniversary Gala Event. As a graduate from the community college, I was invited to be one of the 90. What an awesome honor! What an honor to be included in such a wonderful celebration. Part of the celebration was a dinner to help raise scholarship money for students.
Although this is a once in a lifetime event, family comes first and there was a schedule conflict that prohibited me from attending the Gala. A week later, I was on the campus with a friend and much to my amazement there was a huge banner of the 90 alumni being celebrated. I was so stunned. Following is a photo of the banner.
Thank you SBVC for making education affordable. Attending community college allowed me to complete freshman and sophomore years without accumulating debt. It was a safe environment for me to explore options, learn my strengths and weaknesses, and find encouragement while working towards an attainable goal. What it provided for me then, it continues to do the same for its current students.
As a high school teacher, I see many young people fighting to get into Ivy League institutions, as well as colleges and universities that cost thousands upon hundreds of thousands of dollars. While the names are impressive, the cost of prestige can be daunting. Unless a student has parents who have a substantial college fund and can afford the cost, or a full ride scholarship, or substantial grants - a community college makes the most financial sense. SBVC is a great segue between high school and a four-year college/university, and it is an opportunity for a young person to have time to explore career and education options. It is an invaluable bridge to a successful future.
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