As a former Student both San Bernardino Valley and Crafton Hills Colleges and as the current President of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, I am excited to announce my candidacy for the 2018 Community College Board of Trustees.

I have a long history with students and adults seeking jobs, having worked for the San Bernardino County Jobs and Employment Services Department and the Workforce Development Department, and for the City of San Bernardino’s Employment and Training Agency. 

In addition, I founded the non-profit Youth Action Project (YAP), where I have secured over $2 million in federal, state and local resources for work experience and educational support services for youth and families in the Inland Empire.

As a member of the board I have focused on: 1) Making the district a regional leader in the fight to grow a more skilled workforce; 2) Securing the funding and resources the District needs to meet the demands of our rapidly growing population; 3) Helping meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population; 4) Encouraging collaboration between the district and K-12 schools to help our kids develop the skills they need to enter college or the workforce; 5) Providing more support for newly entering students; 6) Improving the education of basic skills students; 7) Making sure our campuses are safe, clean, and technologically advanced. I hope I can count on your support for my campaign.

Thank you,

Joseph Williams President San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees

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    “Joseph has shown over and over that he has only one agenda to make the region better for everyone. Joseph spent countless hours helping the Rialto Community Coalition find a clear mission and purpose. He also raised up adult and youth leaders that continue the mission today. Leadership that lasts through generations.”

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    “Joeseph is a brilliant leader with the temperment to go far in the inland empire. his dedication to education true.”

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    “We support re-electing Joseph Williams because he is an advocate for our community and a man of character! We proudly stand in support of his re-election!”

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    “Because we need strong leadership and Joseph Williams knows how to lead the way!”

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    “He understands the need to have student input, addresses all aspects of problems and proactively brings together stakeholders to continue strategizing long term solutions. There's no one I'd trust more to continue deciding the spending and policy of the SBCCD.”

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    “I endorse Joseph Williams because he has already created a great foundation for our community and I want this foundation to build into something thay will help our community”

November 7, 2018

We did it. Couldn’t do without You!

Thank you to:

Every supporter who donated, shared on social media, texted, and called me.

Every volunteer who walked and phone banked with me. 

Everyone who come out last night for the Watch Party. 

All who voted; those on the fence about voting, we’ll get you in next time. 

We did it!  Four more years!

I will continue working on behalf of students, the community, and SBCCD.

Last night, voters approved almost $1B in construction projects between SBCCD and Chaffey.  This means job opportunities in the construction trades and related fields. 

At some point during 2019, SBCCD will implement a “college promise” initiative- my personal desire is to reduce the cost of education and decrease the amount of time students take to graduate. 

Both, San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College are accepting applications for the next semester. At least take a tour today. 

We will continue to support our faculty and staff as an employer of choice by providing all that comes along with that distinction. 

To “The Parents” (Curren, Del & Terrie) words can’t express my gratitude. 

Dakira Williams, thank you so much for your support.  Love you babe. 


November 6, 2018

Thank you for helping Joseph Williams

Good morning and thank you for helping us get to today!  Before I get started on my last day of canvassing, I wanted to extend a invite to my “thank you” party which, will be held this evening.

Please allow me and my family to thank you in person; we could not have made it this far without you.

The party will be held at The Forum Blues Cafe in the Rialto Metro Station. To all my LA family, all you have to do is hop on the train at Union Station, get of at the Rialto, and the fun will begin!

All of my Rialto area family, please stop over for food, games, and fun. 

We hope to see you this evening. 

Best regards,


November 1, 2018


California’s universities and community colleges are arguably some of the best in the world. While they offer all who attend a quality education they provide their students access to something much more valuable – opportunity.

As someone who attended one of our community colleges (San Bernardino Valley College) I was afforded the opportunity to obtain my post-graduate degree and, eventually, start Youth Action Project. It’s for this reason that I joined the San Bernardino Community College District’s Board of Trustees – to ensure future generations had access to the same opportunity I did.

Now, as President of the Board of Trustees, I recently led a successful campaign to identify and secure $10 million to help defer the cost of tuition, books, and fees for high school graduates looking to attend either San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills. While this is a critical step in the right direction to help our students strive for a good life, more can be done, but I need your help.

Career Technical Education (CTE) has its roots in U.S. secondary schools dating back to the beginning of the 20thCentury. However, now, more than ever, teaching students vocational skills and giving them practical work experience that can be successfully applied immediately upon graduation from either high school or community college has become a critical component of providing all students with the opportunity to secure quality employment in tomorrow’s economy.

In order to provide opportunities to students throughout our region, San Bernardino Valley College offers programs ranging from Flight Operations Graphic Design and from Information Security and Cyber Defense Administration of Justice. In an effort to complement each other and not duplicate programs Crafton Hills College offers everything from Emergency Medical Services to Radiologic Technology and Fire Technology to Childhood Development and Education.

While each of these programs is unique, they all afford each student who completes them the opportunity to secure quality employment in a fraction of the time and for a substantially lower investment than attending a four-year university. In fact, I recently invited a group of regional education leaders to tour  Crafton Hills’ Fire Technology and EMT programs. They learned from our faculty and students that these invaluable programs make it possible for many of our students secure jobs shortly after graduating with local organizations, but how attending community college changed their lives – for the better.

The students shared their stories and experiences which don’t differ from those of many you and I went to school with. Some couldn’t afford to immediately attend a four-year university, while others had a rough start in life, but desperately wanted an opportunity to do better.

I’m running for re-election on November 6, 2018, to ensure that future generations of San Bernardino Community College District’s schools are afforded the same opportunities that I was and that these students were – an opportunity to strive for a good life, and not to merely grind for a bare living.


Joseph Williams is currently President of the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) and CEO of the Youth Action Project, Inc. (YAP). Since 2007, YAP has helped train over 300 college graduates and mentored over 2,000 high school students through over 100,000 hours of volunteer service. Williams has served on the SBCCD Board of Trustees since 2013 and is running for re-election November 6, 2018, and has his Master’s Degree in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University.


October 22, 2018

SBCCD Trustees make historic $10 million investment to explore making college free for two years

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. ( – In a move to boost the number of college graduates in Inland Southern California, the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees voted to make a historic investment of $10 million to begin exploring a two-year tuition-free program at Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. The unanimous vote, held on October 13, aims to help future hard-working high school graduates earn career training certificates or start the first half of their bachelor’s degree at no cost.

“Opportunity begins with access to education and with this $10 million investment we’re telling our local students that we’ve got their backs,” said SBCCD Board President Joseph Williams. “My colleagues and I recognize that to support our youth we must be innovative, and that includes making college tuition-free so that hard-working students realize their educational and career potential.”

By mobilizing existing financial aid programs and SBCCD funding sources, college officials estimate that 1,000 local high school graduates could benefit.

While the student eligibility requirements are yet to be structured, SBCCD’s two-year tuition-free program would explore a cradle-to-career approach to guide students and families early in their academic career to prepare for college.
“The success of this initiative will depend on all of us doing our part – college faculty and staff, K-12 educators, families, and community members – working together to lift up the next generation,” said Chancellor Bruce Baron.
According to the Public Policy Institute of California’s report, “Meeting California’s need for college graduates,” Inland Southern California plays a critical role in closing the statewide skills gap. PPIC has estimated that the state will need 1.1 million more college-educated workers by 2030 to keep up with economic demand.

Despite having high school graduation rates higher than the statewide average, Inland Southern California fares particularly poorly with respect to college enrollment, according to the PPIC report.
“Removing financial barriers for students and families is key to promoting a college-going culture in our community,” said San Bernardino Valley College President Diana Z. Rodriguez. 
Crafton Hills College Interim President Audre Levy agrees. 
“Though we are in the very early stages, the building blocks of our efforts will be college affordability, college access, and college success,” Levy said.



October 11, 2018

SBCCD awarded $1.8 million to upskill 3,200 Inland Empire workers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. ( – The State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) recently announced that it approved a $1.8 million contract with the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) to train more than 3,200 workers throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This is the largest retraining contract in California awarded by the ETP.

“I applaud the efforts of the Chancellor and his team for bringing  these resources to the District.” Board President Joseph Williams “Building a strong workforce is essential to increasing the upward mobility of our students and communities”

In addition to associate degrees and career training certificates through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College, SBCCD houses a department that works exclusively with local employers. SBCCD’s Economic Development & Corporate Training (EDCT) division administers the state’s ETP contract, with job training courses in workplace health and safety, business communication, computer literacy, manufacturing, technical and logistics skills, among others. 

“The foundation of a strong economy is a strong workforce,” said SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron. “We are ready to roll up our sleeves and partner with local businesses to give their employees the job skills they need to grow and prosper.”

Recognizing the value ETP training creates for the Inland Empire economy, SBCCD will use a portion of its $1.8 million contract to expand its statewide impact by sharing best practices and replicating its training model across nine California community colleges.

“Since we began providing ETP classes in 2009, our team of instructors has served more than 200 businesses in Southern California and provided in-demand job skills to more than 6,300 workers,” said SBCCD Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development Richard Galope.“

To participate in ETP training, the company and the employee must be California-based. Additionally, businesses must pay their employees at least their regular salary while attending classes.

For more information, please visit or call (909) 382-4084.


September 30, 2018

SBCCD to host job fair, October 17

The San Bernardino Community College District's Economic and Corporate Training Division is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 17, 2018. The fair will be held at the SBCCD Applied Technology Training Center, located at 114 S. Del Rosa Dr. in San Bernardino. Full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities are available with a variety of regional employers and industries. Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes and dress to impress. Admission is free and open to students and the general public. 

September 30, 2018

One Million Cups to celebrate second year supporting local entrepreneurs

SBCCD's Economic Development & Corporate Training Foundation launched its monthly "1 Million Cups" program to help students, community members, and anyone turn a simple idea into a business. On October 3 at 9 a.m., the program will celebrate its second birthday with coffee, breakfast and dynamic small business leaders coming together to grow their network and share ideas. Bring your business cards and join the celebration! Admission is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

September 28, 2018

Check if you are registered to vote

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 is the California General Election. There are many issues on the ballot that impact your daily life and the future of our community, and you can make your voice heard by voting. Visit the California Secretary of State's website to check your voter status, register to vote by mail, find your polling place, and learn more about local and state elections. 

September 20, 2018

Trustee Williams back in elementary school

As a youngster I hopped around schools a few times. I attended Dollahan Elementary school in the early 80s before they built the new facility and I was honored to be able to join the  recent Math Festival.

The level of rigor and relevance was impressive and I essentially like the fact that the school supports the 7 habits for kids. 


September 20, 2018

Is Skilled Labor Important to our Region?

Today my colleagues and I took a tour of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Ontario facility. 

Many economic reports highlighted our regions shortage of skilled labor with the skilled trades being among the list.

Given the rapid rate at which work environments are changing, SBCCD is making efforts to increase the collective skill attainment levels through the education of our students for the benefit of our diverse communities.

I’m personally interested I hearing your ideas of how we can be a strategic partner in moving our region forward. Let me know in the comment box below.

September 20, 2018

Major Announcement from Trustee Williams

I’m happy to announce that I have the support of the San Bernardino Community College District Teachers Association (SBCCDCTA) 

At SBVC and CHC we have faculty who are committed to empowering students throughout their educational journey. This makes a difference in the outcome of when students graduate and leave our campuses for the workforce. 

Shoutout to the Faculty! San Bernardino Valley College Crafton Hills College

August 26, 2018

Watch Project Fighting Chance make its TV debut on KVCR Sept. 27

Empire Network-KVCR's four-part docu-series "Hopefuls" is a new TV show that debuts on Thursday, September 27 at 8 p.m.

This series spotlights San Bernardino-based non-profit Project Fighting Chance and follows three young boxers and their trainer as they struggle to achieve Olympic glory.

In the face of an environment that creates challenging adversities, these young boxers will fight to keep their hopes and dreams alive. Watch it on KVCR-TV channel 24.

Watch the Hopefuls Preview Here

August 26, 2018

SBCCD colleges win 22 state awards for boosting grads' wages

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has recognized 22 career education programs at San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College for increasing graduates' earnings by 50 percent or more

From nursing and respiratory care to child development and water technology, our hands-on training helps our students get ahead.

List of award-winning programs

August 11, 2018

Williams Delivers Welcome Address at SBVC Opening Day

Yesterday I had the honor of delivering the Welcoming Address during Opening Day at San Bernardino Valley College #sbvc

I spoke about my experience on the Underground Railroad Tour #footstepstofreedom and my desire to help our District raise $470million to construct new facilities and improve existing ones for students and faculty. Most exciting about the opportunity to bring a state of the art Career and Technical Education facility to our region.

I may have slipped in a joke or two while on stage. 

August 9, 2018

Local elected leaders support Joseph Williams for Re-Election to SBCCD Board

30 local educational and city leaders have endorsed Williams in his re-election campaign for San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees. As representative for District 2, Williams represents city of Rialto and unincorporated Muscoy. 

 Williams’ endorsements include:

• Honorable Pete Aguilar, US Congressmember
• Honorable Connie Leyva, CA State Senator
• Honorable Eloise Gomez Reyes, CA State Assemblymember   
• Honorable James Ramos, San Bernardino County Supervisor
• Honorable Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Supervisor  
• Honorable Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools  
• Honorable Hardy Brown II, San Bernardino County Board of Education  
• Honorable Judy White, Riverside County Superintendent of School  
• Honorable Deborah Robertson, Mayor – City of Rialto
• Honorable Acquanetta Warren, Mayor – City of Fontana
• Honorable Bessine Richard, San Bernardino City Councilmember  
• Honorable Joe Baca Jr., Rialto City Councilmember
• Honorable Edward Scott, Rialto City Councilmember
• Honorable John Longville, San Bernardino Community College Board  
• Honorable Gloria Macias Harrison, San Bernardino Community College Board  
• Honorable Anne Viricel, San Bernardino Community College Board   
• Honorable Don Singer, San Bernardino Community College Board  
• Honorable Frank Reyes, San Bernardino Community College Board   
• Honorable Joseph Martinez, Rialto USD Board of Education  
• Honorable Dina Walker, Rialto USD Board of Education  
• Honorable Nancy O'Kelly, Rialto USD Board of Education  
• Honorable Edgar Montes, Rialto USD Board of Education  
• Honorable Danny Tillman, San Bernardino USD Board of Education
• Honorable Margaret Hill, San Bernardino USD Board of Education
• Honorable Mike Gallo, San Bernardino USD Board of Education
• Honorable Scott Wyatt, San Bernardino USD Board of Education 
• Honorable Gwen Dowdy Rodgers, San Bernardino USD Board of Education 
• Honorable Abigail Medina, San Bernardino USD Board of Education 
• Honorable Dan Flores, Colton USD Board of Education  
• Honorable Kent Taylor, Colton USD Board of Education   

Joseph Williams has served as a Member of San Bernardino Board of Trustees for five years, and President of Board for last two years. Williams and Board of Trustees are responsible for overseeing policy, curriculum, personnel and budget of San Bernardino Community College District which includes: San Bernardino Valley College, Crafton Hills College, Empire Network (KVCR) and Economic Development and Corporate Training Corporation. 

Williams will be on ballot on November 6, 2018. 





August 9, 2018

Community Coffee in Rialto with SBCCD

Join us! As part of San Bernardino Community College District's outreach efforts to inform the community about San Bernardino Valley College/Crafton Hills College's academic programs and career training initiatives, join us for a community coffee to chat with members of the SBCCD Board of Trustees and other college representatives.

  *   Wed. August 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  *   Thurs. August 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Coffee Nutzz, 119 E. Foothill Blvd. Rialto, CA 92376
Admission: Free and open to the public

Questions? Contact Angel Rodriguez, Director of Marketing, Public Affairs & Government Relations, at<> or (909) 382-4012

June 30, 2018

Start your next chapter

Choose from more than 100 career education programs at Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College #educationalprograms and start classes on August 13. There is still time to apply!"

May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day

To all the Moms who help make Student Success possible, "THANK YOU." Your energy, talents and commitment are much appreciated. Hope you have a BLESSED Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2018

Our economic impact

The San Bernardino Community College District has 21,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff members across San Bernardino Valley College, Crafton Hills College and KVCR TV/FM and collectivity we work every day to support the social and economic mobility of our community.

  • For recent high school grads we provide them affordable transfer pathways to UC and Cal State, and hands-on training for in-demand careers
  • For adults who recently lost their job or want to get new skills for the workplace -- and fast, we are their training hub too
  • And we're proud of our unique role in the Inland Empire for being the home of KVCR TV/FM . . . where you learn something new every day

Every year, we add about $621 million back into the local economy. What do we mean by this? 

Through student spending at local businesses, our educational and community service and our alumni impact in the workplace -- all of that equals about $621 million dollars that would not be possible if it weren't for the work we do together throughout the San Bernardino Community College District.

We have been around for close to 100 years, and we are proud of our impact to make our community even better.

Next time you hear someone asking, "What do community colleges do?" please share this video with them.

Best regards
Joseph Williams
President of the Board of Trustees 

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