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SBCCD Welcomes New HR Vice Chancellor and Promotes EDCT Head to Associate Vice Chancellor

SAN BERNARDINO – – The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) welcomes Dr. Lisa Norman, the new Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, effective May 1, 2015. She will be taking on the responsibilities currently filled by consultant Dr. Jack Miyamoto. Dr. Matthew Isaac has been promoted from Executive Director to Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic Development & Corporate Training, effective April 10. Both are District appointments.

President of the SBCCD Board John Longville expressed his pleasure at the expertise both bring to their positions, saying, “We are so pleased to have been able to retain a Vice Chancellor of Human Resources with the capabilities and qualifications of Dr. Norman and the Board of Trustees was glad to have the opportunity to promote Dr. Isaac. Under his leadership, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division has expanded to the level where it now has its own Foundation, is self-supporting, and has successfully provided services to more than 60,000 workers in our community.”

SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron said, “Dr. Lisa Norman is a welcome addition to head the Human Resources office, a position of substantial importance to the District community and I look forward to working with her. Dr. Matthew Isaac has been serving as the Executive Director of the EDCT for many years, but his new title and job description reflect the additional responsibilities and growth that have taken place within the EDCT. The SBCCD provides exceptional educational opportunities to our students and professional opportunities for our employees so it is vital that our team members bring an enthusiasm for the educational environment, are knowledgeable in their professions, and have a commitment to the success of the District and its divisions.”

Dr. Lisa Norman

Dr. Lisa Norman

Dr. Lisa Norman, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, District

Dr. Norman joins the SBCCD from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools where her storied service includes the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources since 2012, the Director of Certificated Personnel for three years, the Principal of Special Education for five years, and as a teacher with the Mulberry School for five years. She served as the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services with the Beaumont Unified School District for two years in between positions with the Superintendent’s offices. Prior to working in the Inland Empire, she was a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and with The Growing Place. Early in her professional life, she attended West Point United States Military Academy for two years and served as a police cadet with the Santa Monica Police Department.

Dr. Norman earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, her master’s degree and Credential in Educational Administration from CSU Los Angeles, her master’s degree in Child Development and Education Specialist Credential from CSU Los Angeles, and her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from CSU Los Angeles. She is currently enrolled at Taft Law School pursuing a Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Education Law.

Dr. Matthew Isaac, Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic Development and Corporate Training, District

Dr. Matthew Isaac

Dr. Matthew Isaac

Dr. Isaac’s previous assignments at the District included serving as the Executive Director of EDCT, District Director of EDCT, Director of the Professional Development Center, Director of the Center for Business Excellence and Director of the Institute for Training and Development at San Bernardino Valley College. Before joining the District, he served as a faculty member of Humanities, Director of Health Care Programs, and the Director of the Division of Contract Education at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Isaac holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration; three master’s degrees: a master of arts in education in English as Second Language; a master of arts in English Language with emphasis in American Literature; and a master of arts in English with an emphasis in British Literature; and a bachelor of science in Biology.

The California Community College (CCC) Association for Occupational Education named Dr. Isaac as the recipient of their 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award. He  received the 2003 Business Partner Award from the CCC Chancellor’s Office Economic Development Network; a1998 Program Excellence Award from the Ohio Continuing Higher Education Association; and the 1984 John J. Turin Memorial Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Graduate School and the University Community, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

The author of numerous publications, he has taught humanities and expository writing and currently sits on three professional and industrial boards of directors.

About the San Bernardino Community College District:

The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) is one of 72 community college districts within the California Community College system, the largest educational system in the world, which encompasses 112 community colleges. The SBCCD has an 88 year history of providing its community and students with quality and affordable vocational certificates, associate’s degrees, and preparation for transfer to a four year college or university through San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) and Crafton Hills College (CHC). In addition, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division (PDC) and KVCR TV-FM/FNX provide professional development and cultural and educational information to the community at large.

For additional information, please contact Alisa Sparkia Moore, Esq., Communications and Public Relations at 909.382.4012 (direct), 805-717-0347 (cell) or by email at asmoore@sbccd.edu

Silverado High School Student Surprised with $40,000 Scholarship from Edison International


Chandler Brown, right, a senior at Silverado High School in Victorville, recently received a congratulatory hug from his father after learning he was named a 2015 Edison Scholar and the winner of a $40,000 scholarship from Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE).  He is one of 30 high school seniors awarded $40,000 scholarships that will be paid over four years.  All winners plan to pursue college studies in science, technology, engineering or math, also known as STEM.  Recipients may also be eligible for summer internships at SCE after completing their second year of college.

chandler with check

Chandler Brown, a senior at Silverado High School in Victorville, holds tight to his $40,000 Edison scholarship check that he recently received during a congratulatory surprise presentation at school.  Brown, who plans to major in environmental engineering, is one of 30 high school seniors named 2015 Edison Scholars and planning to pursue college studies in science, technology, engineering or math, also known as STEM.  The scholarships will be paid over four years and recipients may also be eligible for summer internships at SCE after completing their second year of college.

Over $600,000 in New Tax Credits Awarded to Businesses in the 47th Assembly District


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), announced today that $150,000 in tax credits was awarded to C.B. Nichols Egg Ranch in Colton and $480,000 in tax credits was awarded to Mulhauser Steel in Bloomington.  These companies qualified for these tax credits through the California Competes Tax Credit program.

“C.B. Nichols Egg Ranch and Mulhauser Steel collectively invested $20 million in the 47th Assembly District and I am extremely happy that GO-Biz has rewarded their contribution to California’s economy,” Assemblymember Brown said.

In addition to the tax credits for job creation, the new program offers sales tax relief on the purchase of research and development equipment for life sciences and manufacturing equipment.  The amount of credits available will increase each year until 2018. Twenty-five percent of the credits are reserved for small businesses. Businesses interested in the program can apply through the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz).

“It is extremely important that California continues to improve its business environment by helping small businesses that are willing to invest in our communities,” Assemblymember Brown concluded.