SBCCD’s Economic Development & Corporate Training Division to Offer Free Training to Help Businesses Stay Competitive


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – The Economic Development and Corporate Training (EDCT) Division, the not-for-credit arm of the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD), has received a $950,000 contract from the California Employment Training Panel (ETP) designed to focus on small business success – specifically businesses in the region experiencing out of state competition.

John Longville, president of the SBCCD Board of Trustees, explained, “These businesses may participate in a series of EDCT- delivered customized training intended to strengthen their competitive edge, increase productivity and increase employee retention. The trainings will help produce high-performance workplaces and keep California companies competitive in the global market.”

Chancellor Bruce Baron said, “This ETP contract allows us to provide incredible training opportunities for businesses throughout the Inland Empire. These are vital skills that can immensely improve a company’s competitive edge in the global marketplace.”

Dr. Matthew Isaac, Associate Vice Chancellor, EDCT, added, “The menu of training options is so broad – classes available range from generally necessary workplace skills like communication and leadership skills, conflict management and negotiation training to very specific company business skills like logistics, project management, and a range of technology trainings.”

Trainings under the contract are available to small businesses with fewer than 100 California employees and 250 or less employees worldwide, and participation is free to those who can document out-of-state competition with their market. Businesses who participate must pay employee wages during the training as the employer’s contribution. Employees must take a minimum of 8 hours of training(s) but can enroll up to a maximum of 200 hours, with employer approval. Dr. Isaac added, “While the immediate focus is on small business, larger companies will also be able to receive training through this specialized contract.”

For more information on ETP funded training and how to enroll a company, contact the EDCT at (909) 382-4077. For a list of upcoming trainings, email For additional information on the EDCT and its services, visit


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 113 community colleges. The SBCCD has an 89 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 (EDCT) and KVCR TV-FM/FNX provide professional development and cultural and educational information to the community at large.


The Economic Development and Corporate Training (EDCT) division is comprised of the Professional Development Center (PDC), the Donald F. Averill Applied Technology Training Center (ATTC), the Center for the Advancement of Nanotechnology (NanoCenter), Logistics Technology Program, Office of the ICT/Digital Media Deputy Sector Navigator, the Entrepreneurship Institute of San Bernardino, and the On-line Education Center (Ed2Go). EDCT provides a wide variety of customized and off-the-shelf training programs and consulting services aimed at assisting the advancement of businesses in the Inland Empire. The division is innovative and responsive in assisting employers with employee development, retention, and job creation.

For additional information on the SBCCD, please contact Alisa Sparkia Moore, Esq., Communications and Public Relations at 909.382.4012, 805.717.0347 cell, or by email at

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