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RCOE offers on-the-job training program

The Riverside County Office of Education is offering an onthe- job training program for more than 100 young people with federal stimulus money available to reimburse employers who participate to cover training costs.

The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) offered by RCOE is a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and finds jobs for young people who recently completed high school and who have learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

Some of the young job hunters have no work experience.

Others have completed a vocational training program and an internship in a field such as warehousing, child care, or retail.

Employers who continue to employ one of the participants for several months may also qual ify for the state’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Information on the on-the-job trainings is available from Lynn Smith at the Riverside County Office of Education, (951) 826- 6763.

The Ultimate Jazz Festival Returns to Fairmount Park

Mark your calendars for the premiere jazz event of the summer... the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival.

Last year’s Ultimate Jazz Festival was a real treat with two full days of an incredible lineup of award-winning Jazz, R&B and Latin artists. The 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival hosted by Jazz to be Green, returns this summer on August 7th through the 8th at the beautiful scenic Fairmount Park in Riverside, Calif.

Jazz to be Green is proud to partner with the Lupus Foundation this year by contributing a percentage of the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival towards this worthy cause. Lupus is a chronic disease which attacks the autoimmune system. An estimated 5 million people suffer from this life-threatening illness, and an estimated 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported world-wide each year.

Festival Director and Jazz to be Green President Darryl Bundridge is passionate about the cause. Ultimate Jazz Festival ticketholders will not only have an opportunity to hear charttopping musicians, but the satisfaction of knowing that they will also be supporting a worthy organization for future research and development in hopes of finding a cure to help those inflicted with this devastating disease.

For more information, visit www. theultimatejazzfestival.com. Announcement of this year’s lineup is forthcoming.

Image Awards Trip

The San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP is hosting a fundraising bus trip to the 41st Annual Image Awards, to be held on February 26 at the historic Shrinner's Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The cost of the event is $60, which includes admission and bus transportation. Seats will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Join us to see the stars and enjoy a great evening What will win the Outstanding Motion Picture award, The Blind Side, Invictus, Michael Jackson This Is It, Precious or Princess and the Frog. Or who will win in the over 40 categories.

The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m. from the New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Ave. The show may be seen live on Fox at 8 p.m. For information or to reserve your seat call, Linda Hart (909) 246-2078.

Hurry to get your seat.

Fontana Community Foundation Launches Web Site

The Fontana Community Foundation (FCF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Web site, and invites friends and residents of Fontana to visit www.fontanacommunityfoundati on.org to learn about how the organization is helping the Fontanacommunity.

The Fontana Community Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the City of Fontana, providing financial support for public services that enhance the quality of life and preserve and promote the health, welfare and education of those in Fontana and surrounding communities.

Scholarship for Moreno Valley Allied Health Programs in Tough Economic Times

Riverside County 5th District Supervisor Marion Ashley today announced a donation of $20,000 to a RCCD Moreno Valley Campus scholarship for allied health programs. The money comes from Community Improvement and Development Funds, which are designated by each supervisor for the development and improvement of the districts they represent.

Assemblymember Carter Recognized for Commitment to Small Business

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District 62 Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter was among the top-ranked state lawmakers to be recognized in 2009 by the California Small Business Association for her dedication to issues of most importance to small business.

Priority issues for the California Small Business Association in 2009 included access to capital for small businesses, comprehensive budget reform, fair and equal tax policies, state and local procurement and affordable technology services and education.

"Small businesses play a vital role in the ever-growing California economy and particularly in the 62nd District," said Assemblymember Carter, who is the owner of a small business in Rialto. "When small businesses succeed, the whole communi ty benefits."

California State Assembly Member Carter represents the 62nd District which includes Col ton, Rialto, Muscoy, Bloomington and parts of San Bernardino and Fontana.

Dr. Sandra Bruce Nichols Named CMO, Unitedhealthcare West Region

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UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, has named Dr. Sandra Bruce Nichols chief medical officer, West Region.

Dr. Bruce Nichols will focus on helping ensure access to and use of appropriate medical services for UnitedHealthcare plan participants, promoting quality clinical care and positive patient outcomes, and effectively managing health care costs. She will also maintain relationships with contracted physicians and physician organizations throughout the region and collaborate with other staff physicians to achieve quality objectives.

Dr. Bruce Nichols brings to her position more than 15 years of experience in health care, medical education and medical management.

Previously, she was the national medical director of clinical performance for AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealth Group company that serves beneficiaries of Medicaid and other government-sponsored health care programs. Also, she was director and commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Health; a cabinet member for Arkansas governors Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Huckabee; and regional CEO of Amerigroup Corp. in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

“Sandra’s outstanding leadership in multiple health care settings, her clinical expertise and direct care and administrative experience will help enhance patient outcomes and drive a more efficient and effective health care system for our customers throughout the region,” said Sam Ho, M.D., UnitedHealthcare’s executive vice president and chief medical officer.

Dr. Bruce Nichols is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

Edison International Establishes 3-Year Grant With Lagrant

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Edison International committed to a contribution of $150,000 to The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) over the course of three years – 2009, 2010 and 2011 – donating $50,000 each year.

The partnership will help TLF target the underserved student populations in Edison International’s service territories by focusing on five campuses in the California State University System, which has the largest diverse and underserved minority population of students than any other state university system. One student from CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU San Bernardino will be granted a TLF scholarship annually for the next three years.

The LAGRANT Foundation’s mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

"We are long-time supporters of The LAGRANT Foundation and we applaud the Foundation's education mission," said Edison International Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Barbara J. Parksy.

“We want to take this partnership to the next level by directly increasing the number of students receiving scholarships in these underserved areas of Southern California."

TLF will work closely with the school’s communications and business programs to provide scholarships, internships, career development workshops and mentors for undergraduate and graduate students.

TLF will target ethnic minority students pursuing degrees in advertising, marketing and public relations and will be able to directly reach Edison International’s underserved populations to assist ethnic minorities in achieving their academic and professional goals.

“Edison has supported The LAGRANT Foundation for nine of the eleven years TLF has existed,” said TLF Founder/Chairman, Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “We are excited about this partnership, which will help to provide more concentrated efforts on some of the most diverse CSU campuses in the state.”

Since its inception in 1998, TLF has awarded close to $1,000,000 to more than a 130 students nationwide. TLF Strives to shatter the glass ceiling and provide opportunities for ethnic minorities for years to come.

CAPSBC Announces Community Partnerships to Serve Public

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Patricia L. Nickols, CEO of Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (“CAPSBC”) announced a countywide partnership to provide services to the public under the auspices of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Community Services Block Grant (“ARRA CSBG.”) Eighteen organizations are operating 21 projects in the program areas of asset building and development, food network expansion and youth training and employment.

Partners include a mix of community and faith-based organizations, training centers, and a local university.

“CAPSBC received a total of $4.2 million in ARRA CSBG funds,” said Nickols. “$1.2 million was awarded on a competitive basis to delegate agencies to serve low-income households while creating or retaining jobs in the community.

The ARRA CSBG is on a fast-track, and agencies will be subject to increased levels of transparency and accountability.”

ARRA, also known as the Stimulus Plan, is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the economy, save and create millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing longneglected challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century. It is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression. It targets investments toward key areas that will save and create good jobs immediately, while also laying the groundwork for long-term economic growth.

CSBG is the core funding mechanism for CASPBC, and the ARRA CSBG represents a unique opportunity for CAPSBC to provide funding for public and private communitybased agencies to offer programs and services that assist individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency.

Agencies that comprise the ARRA CSBG partnership are:

Asset Building Arrowhead United Way, $60,000

Inland Empire Women’s Business Center , $59,100

Time for Change Foundation, $52,249

Hearts and Lives, $46,500

Food Network Expansion Catholic Charities of San Bernardino/Riverside, $60,000

Desert Manna Ministries – Food Distribution, $60,000

House of Prayer Gospel Outreach Ministries, $60,000

Greater Faith Grace Bible Church, $60,000

Inland Counties Health Systems Agency - Food Distribution, $59,659

High Desert Domestic Violence, $47,000

Westside Community Services Center, $60,000

Youth Training and Employment Foundation for CSUSB – Student Internship Program, $60,000

Center for Employment Training, $60,000

Young Visionaries Youth Leadership, $60,000

Priscilla's Helping Hands, $59,938

Youth Action Project, $59,932

Foundation for CSUSB – Day Reporting/Job Development, $59,922, $59,912

Black Voice Foundation, $59,200

Inland Counties Health Systems Agency – Youth Training, $40,461

Desert Manna Ministries – Thrift Store, $60,000

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