Course Schedule

*Elective Class

January 27
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.

“Going into this course I was apprehensive; I am not a natural born leader by any means. This course allowed me to recognize that I do possess leadership skills - though they aren't what I would have ever thought of 'traditional' traits of a leader." – Daisy Mahoney, City of Victorville

Human Relations & Diversity*
February 6
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 (Retired).

“This course really got my gears going and gave me a great idea of how to deal ith diversity in life." – Stefanie Montoya, Options for Youth

February 21
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.

“I received my Associates Degree from VVC so it was really nice to hear about the recent developments there. I also learned that community leaders need to come together to foster an environment to accommodate higher level professionals.” – Marsha Smith, The Law Office of Caldwell, Kennedy & Porter

Access Government
March 4
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 a town manager, the county supervisor, and a field representative from a state representatives office.

“I better understand the government structures and the impact each has in my community." - Trenae Nelson, Apple Valley Unified School District

Media & Public Relations*
March 19
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.

“I have learned the importance of composure and focus when delivering a message to the media, especially in stressful situations” – Brandon Owens, Southwest Gas

Economic Development
April 9
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 class has opened my eyes to the economic opportunities of the city ranging from manufacturing, distribution, and logistics and the importance of intersectional relationships among industries. SCLA is truly an important component of the economic structure of Victorville.” – Roland Pilapil, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Healthcare & Social Issues*
April 23
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.

“The challenges associates with accessing affordable healthcare is an issue that affects everyone. The session offered relevant insight on drivers that can help us as a community do better.” – Sam Arvizu, City of Victorville

The Court System
May 15
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.

“I never thought that I would enjoy learning about the court system as much as I did in this course. Judge Rogan and her staff provided so much insight and knowledge about the court system and presented it in a way that was fun and exciting to learn!" – Daniel Uriarte,  Southern California Logistics Airport

Natural Resources*
May 20
What are the water needs in our arid desert community? What is wastewater reclamation? What infrastructure projects are in the works in the Victor Valley? How can you protect and improve air quality? 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.

“Learning how our wastewater is collected and treated was interesting and informative.” – Steve Barklow, Mojave Printing Solutions

Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
June 4

The Leadership Victor Valley course concludes with the Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice class which is held by the San Bernardino Sheriffs at the Victorville Police Department. This eye-opening experience provides participants with an in-depth look at how our local police force and gang task forces operate and includes a tour inside of the Victorville Station. A wealth of information will be provided including an overview of the Sheriff’s Department, crime trends, retail/business theft, counterfeiting, and gang influx into the Victor Valley. Speakers include San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; Victorville Gang Unit Detail; and San Bernardino County Probation Department.

“It was an eye opening experience. We tend to take our law enforcement personnel for granted and what they deal with on a daily basis is a whole other level. It was amazing to learn about the transient/gang populations here in the High Desert and their approaches to dealing with those issues. Their commitment to our community is evident.” – Gwen Bedics, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union