President’s Award for Excellence
Corona-Norco Unified School District
The Corona-Norco Unified School District has been a longstanding Norco College partner and supporter. It all began in 2000 when CNUSD leaders engaged in the vision to bring college classes to high schools. The vision became a reality when the John F. Kennedy Middle College High School opened at Norco College in 2006 - one of the first in California built on a college campus. Since its inception, JFK has graduated approximately 2,400 high school students and approximately 750 college degrees and certificates equivalent to approximately 131,114 college credits.
In addition to this partnership, the CNUSD Administration and Board of Education continues to provide endless opportunities to promote higher education through Summer Advantage, a program g eared for high school seniors to place higher in English and math. Most recently, CNUSD and Norco College partnered to come up with an affordable college education pathway through Dual Enrollment. A program that provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses at their high school campus free of charge.
“On behalf of Norco College, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to CNUSD leadership and the Board of Education," said President Bryan Reece. “We could not create and sustain these extraordinary programs without their support. We truly value and cherish their partnership and look forward to many more years of good work."
2018 - Sabrina Cervantes60th District Assemblymember
California State Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes has emerged as an advocate for education and expanding resources for Veterans. In 2017, Cervantes secured a $2 million allocation in the state budget to build a Veterans Resource Center at Norco College.
The Center, once built, will allow the College to expand and enhance resources, especially in the area of matriculating Veterans to four-year universities and transitioning into the workforce.
Cervantes is Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Veterans Employment & Education and held a field hearing at Norco College to discuss increasing opportunities for Veterans at community colleges.
Cervantes was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016 and represents the communities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, and a portion of Riverside. She is a member of the Human Rights Campaign, The PICK Group of Young Professionals, and serves on the Advisory Board for the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Association, and a number of non-profit organizations like TruEvolution and Women Wonder Writers.
Cervantes earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside, and completed an Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.