|Motto||'Your future starts here.'|
|President||Diana Z. Rodriguez|
(148 Full-time &
|Campus||Urban, 82 acres (33 ha)|
|Colors||Blue and Gray|
|Affiliations||San Bernardino Community College District|
|Mascot||Wolverines (2000-Present) Indians (1926-2000)|
San Bernardino Valley College is a public community college in San Bernardino, California. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college has an enrollment of 17,044 students and covers 82 acres (33 ha). Valley College is also a part of the San Bernardino Community College District which includes Crafton Hills College located in nearby Yucaipa and the Professional Development Center in San Bernardino.
San Bernardino Junior College was established in 1926 and is the twenty-fifth oldest community college in California. In 1926, San Bernardino Valley College's campus was split between San Bernardino High School and Colton High School and consisted of 140 students and one administrator, George H. Jantzen, who was dean of the college. Today, San Bernardino Valley College offers classes to 25,000 students and runs on an annual budget of $59 million. The college district, which includes two campuses, has 148 full-time faculty, 429 part-time faculty and staff of 459. It serves multiple high school districts, and the district encompasses nearly 500 square miles (1,300 km2).
The college offers courses that correspond to the lower division requirements of the University of California and the California State University system so qualified students can transfer to four-year institutions with junior standing. The college also provides specialized programs that lead directly to employment or to improving the skill and knowledge of those already employees in the work force. These include Associate of Arts degree programs, Associate of Science degree programs, and certificates.
San Bernardino Valley College also offers its students a diverse selection of clubs. At San Bernardino Valley College there are more than 30 clubs and organizations representing a variety of academic and career pursuits. There are also a number of special interest groups.
Middle College High School (MCHS) is one of nine high schools in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). There are six comprehensive high schools and three additional alternative/continuation high schools. MCHS is identified as a specialized alternative high school focused on dual enrollment for underserved, underprepared and traditionally underrepresented populations.
MCHS was designed in 2001 as an alternative high school for high potential but underperforming students as a joint project of the SBCUSD and San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC). MCHS is located directly north of the SBVC campus and draws its students from the entire attendance area of SBCUSD.
Students who attend MCHS are concurrently enrolled at MCHS and SBVC, where students are able to earn a significant number of college units while completing their high school diploma. Each year, a number of MCHS graduating seniors do earn the Associates of Arts Degree from SBVC. The vision of MCHS is that every MCHS scholar will graduate from a four-year college with preparation for career, leadership, and personal success.
San Bernardino Valley College is a member of the Inland Empire Athletic Conference (IEAC) for 9 of its 12 sports. The Wolverines programs, such as: Men's Track & Field and Women's Track & field, are hosted out to other Southern California Athletic Conferences due to SBVC being the only IEAC member school with that sport offering. SBVC Football is a member of the American Division-Mountain Conference in the Southern California Football Association (SCFA). SBVC Football is a member of the American Division-Mountain Conference. Each sport has a different competitive alignment within the conference.
SBVC competes with: Antelope Valley College, (Football Only), Barstow College, Cerro Coso Community College, Chaffey College, Citrus College (Football Only), College of the Desert, Copper Mountain College, Crafton Hills College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Palo Verde College and Victor Valley College.
From 1926-2000 SBVC's mascot was the Indians, since 2000 SBVC's mascot has been the Wolverines, much to the dismay of alumni and area tribes alike.
The Men's and Women's basketball teams played their home games in the Joseph W. Snyder Gymnasium from 1975 to 2016.
San Bernardino Valley College has numerous accomplishments in the field of competitive sports. Below will soon include a listing of those athletic achievements only bestowed on a select few. The author of this section would like to acknowledge the work of alumnae Roger Schmidt and Harry Carson Frye and thank them for their extensive history which provides the base of the information below.
|Football (1926-Present)||Men's Archery (1952-1978)||Women's Archery (1952-1978)||Mixed Team Archery (1952-1978)|
|2 time National Champions||5 time National Champions||2 time National Champions||1 time National Champion|
|1951 & 1992||1960-1971-1972-1973-1975||1960 & 1974||1973|
|Men's Cross Country (1928-Present)||Football (1926-Present)||Women's Soccer (1996-Present)|
|5 time State Champions||2 time State Champions||State Champions|
|2006-2007-2008-2009-2010||1982 & 1992||2010|
|Wrestling (1955-2001)||Men's Archery (1952-1978)||Men's Golf (1929-1992)|
|7 time State Champions||3 time State Champions||State Champion|
|Men's Volleyball (1929-1982)||Women's Archery (1952-1978)||Women's Gymnastics (1952-1978)||Co-ed Archery (1952-1978)|
|State Champion||3 time State Champions||State Champions||3 time State Champions|
|Baseball (1927-Present)||Men's Basketball (1926-Present)||Women's Basketball (1975-Present)|
|15 time Conference Champion||14 time Conference Champion||9 time Conference Champion|
|Women's Cross Country (1977-Present)||Men's Cross Country (1928-Present)||Football (1926-Present)|
|6 time Conference Champion||24 time Conference Champion||15 time Conference Champion|
|Softball (1977-Present)||Men's Track & Field (1927-Present)||Women's Track & Field (1980-Present)||Women's Soccer (1996-Present)|
|5 time Conference Champion||12 time Conference Champion||3 time Conference Champion||7 time Conference Champion|
|Women's Volleyball (1974-Present)||Wrestling (1955-2001)||Men's Golf (1929-1992)|
|13 time Conference Champion||14 time Conference Champion||6 time Conference Champion|
|Men's Tennis (1927-2004)||Women's Tennis (1973-2002)||Men's Swimming (1948-1993)|
|9 time Conference Champion||4 time Conference Champion||Conference Champion|
|Women's Swimming (1983-1993)||Men's & Women's Archery (1952-1978)||Men's Volleyball (1972-1982)|
|2 time Conference Champion||7 time Conference Champion||5 time Conference Champion|
|Men's Gymnastics (1926-1969)||Women's Gymnastics (1967-1969)||Bowling (1947-1973)||Badminton (1939-1975)|
|Conference Champion||2 time Conference Champion||Conference Champion||Conference Champion|
The college's original builders were unaware of local fault hazards, and constructed the campus upon an elevated pressure ridge (the Bunker Hill Dike) along the San Jacinto Fault Zone, which bisects the campus and ran under the foundations of some buildings. Between 2001 and 2010, several of the campus' major buildings have been demolished and new ones built nearby.
In 1935, with the damage from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake still a recent memory, SBVC hired John Buwalda of the Caltech Seismological Laboratory to assess seismic hazards. Buwalda discovered and reported the presence of the fault, specifically recommending "a thousand-foot-wide zone of no building, which basically took in almost the entire campus. They [SBVC] ignored his advice, even though they paid for his report."
The trustees of SBVC hired Professor Kerry Sieh, also of Caltech, to perform a seismic hazard study in 1995-96. This confirmed the danger of the fault to the campus. Excavated trenches revealed that the surface trace of the fault passed through four of the school's buildings. Eight other buildings were determined to be at risk due to secondary ground fracturing or their location across an active surface fold caused by shallow blind thrust faulting. The buildings, most over 50 years old, were not built to modern seismic standards and it was decided that creating new buildings away from, and parallel to, the fault would be more sensible than retrofitting the aging ones.
Buildings replaced included the Administration Building, the Library, the Student Center/Cafeteria Building, the Art Building, the Physical Sciences Buildings, the Life Science Building, and North Hall. Prominently preserved is the Auditorium. Built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, the ornate building contains the clock tower that is featured on many of the college's publications.