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Newsletter, November 2010


Crime Fighter's Crystal Ball

Brian GrayBrian Gray might not have a crystal ball but when it comes to predicting where a particular crime may occur he has the next best thing.

Gray, Crime and Intelligence Analysis Unit Manager for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, uses Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to track crimes and to analyze crime patterns.

"We might look for a crime series or pattern where we have reason to believe that a single person or group is committing those crimes. Since they tend to be quite regular about how they operate, we can use math algorithms to predict when and where the next crime in that series is most likely to occur," Gray said.

Crime forecasting, which has been used successfully for years, relies on a math formula and standard deviation to determine patterns like the number of days between hits, to figure out the basic pattern of a particular crime and the likelihood of when it will occur next.

GIS just makes it easier.

It can be used to check more closely at who lives in the area like individuals on probation or parolees. That information, combined with suspect descriptions or any unusual behavior in that neighborhood, documented through field interviews, all can be used to paint a better picture of where crime is occurring and who may be responsible.

Many agencies including the Riverside County Sheriff's Department use that information to help decide where to deploy officers and at what hours in an effort to be more effective and efficient. Some agencies use the information to develop crime control models like community oriented or problem-oriented policing.

GIS mapping is also used by dispatchers, to determine which patrol unit might be closest and can respond faster to a particular call. larger agencies including the Riverside County Sheriff's Department have gone a step further. Using a system called CompStat, they not only identify the problem areas, they look for ways to solve the problems, reduce the crime and improve the overall quality of life for residents in a given neighborhood.

Anyone interested in learning more about how GIS is used by law enforcement should attend Gray's class, "Using GIS in Crime Analysis," Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Riverside.

Learn more about the class.

Follow the Leader: New Skills for Teachers

LeadershipTeachers are increasingly being tapped to take on leadership roles in their schools; to fill gaps left by vice principals and other administrators who have been eliminated due to budget cuts.

Many of those teachers take on the role willingly but have never been trained as to how to be a leader.

That's where Tamerin Capellino comes in. Capellino, who specializes in educational administration, teaches teachers how to be leaders and, in the process, how to be better teachers because leadership skills naturally translate into more effective teaching in the classroom.

"I'm trying to give them the leadership skills necessary to perform in a 21st century education system," Capellino said.

Some of those skills include:

  • Computer Technology and Knowledge of Internet Resources: Education leaders must be technologically savvy in this day and time. PowerPoint presentations are standard tools in a staff meeting or a classroom. Leaders also need to be familiar with the myriad online resources available, many at no cost, that will help them develop websites or create interactive classrooms without the expense of installing a costly Smart Classroom system.
  • Environmental Surveys: Historically, teachers have worked in isolation. Instructional leaders need to survey their whole environment and reach out to all stakeholders just as effective classroom teachers survey students and parents to find out what they need and desire.
  • Meeting Strategies: Effective leaders/teachers need to be able to engage and encourage their peers to participate in meetings and their students to participate in lessons by creating small group sessions, which are less intimidating and more informal.
  • Coaching. Effective leaders/teachers need to know how to motivate peers and students to find the answers within themselves and by encouraging alternative solutions.
  • Recognizing Achievement. Achievement in schools often is recognized only on a broader scale such as when a high percentage of students pass the High School Exit Exam. Effective leaders/teachers know the importance of celebrating achievement from an individual standpoint to motivate people to do their best. Recognition of individual goals effectively connects the individuals to their school and makes them feel like they accomplished something.
  • Team Building: Research tells us that a key component of students being successful in school is having connections to people on campus. The same can be said for teachers.

Capellino teaches "Instructional Leadership as a Springboard to Exemplary Teaching" at UCR Extension, where she explores the role of the teacher as an instructional leader and model of exemplary teaching. The class is required for a certificate in Exemplary Teaching and Instructional Leadership Skills.

Learn more about the certificate.

Find out about SCRIBES, a new opportunity for creative teachers.

What are the Top Five Job Growth Areas in the Inland Empire?

According to Dr. John Husing, research economist specializing in studying the nature and growth of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, these are the top five job areas showing signs of growth in the Inland Empire:top-5-jobs

  1. Health Care both due to population growth and the fact that California and the Inland Empire continue to be under-served. Longer-term growth due to a huge staff turnover with baby boomer retirements.
  2. Logistics (trucking, warehousing, transportation) as imports and exports through the ports have soared this year.
  3. Manufacturing (skilled positions) is better off than 2009 but not quite back to 2008 levels.
  4. Private education given the budget problems in the public schools.
  5. Agribusiness primarily in the Coachella Valley.

What is a Green Building

  • A building that is painted green
  • A building where solar panels are used to heat water
  • A building where reclaimed water is used to water landscape and plants
  • A building equipped with low-flush toilets
  • A building with grass on the roof

Actually, a Green Building could be all of the above but it needs to be much more in order to qualify for an official designation.

Green Buildings are designed and built to be environmentally friendly, healthy for humans and efficient in to using resources like energy and water while reducing waste and pollution.

With concerns about global warming and limited natural resources, Green Buildings have moved from quirky oddity to standard practice.

Energy savings over the life of the building more than make up for the higher initial costs but some effects can't be measured in dollars.

Generally, green homes are healthier, more comfortable, more durable, and more energy efficient and have a much smaller environmental footprint than conventional homes, according to the US Green Building Council.

And, a 2006 study by the Center of the Built Environment, University of California, found that green office buildings improve productivity and employee satisfaction in the workplace.

Anyone interested in seeing a green building first hand can visit the Frontier Project, a 14,000-square-foot demonstration building in Rancho Cucamonga, that was designed to educate the public about the latest green methods and techniques. Also the Western Science Center, at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet, is one of the most advanced eco-friendly facilities in California.

UCR Extension offers a certificate in Sustainable Development and Green Design for land use planners, architects, engineers and others who want in-depth knowledge of sustainable and green processes and practices.

Learn more about the program.

A Hand Up for Child-care Providers

kidsRiverside and San Bernardino counties rank among the lowest in California in terms of percentage of licensed child-care slots for children of working parents, according to the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network.

Consider:

  • Only 19 percent of the children of working parents, ages 0 to 13, in Riverside County have a licensed child-care slot available to them and only 21 percent in San Bernardino County.
  • Nearly half the requests for child care are for preschool-aged children, ages 2 to 5.
  • Requests for licensed child-care homes outnumber day care center requests, 75 percent to 61 percent respectively
  • More than 90 percent of the requests in Riverside County are for full-time child care and more than 80 percent in San Bernardino County.
  • Requests for evening and weekend care run 15 percent in San Bernardino County and 4 percent in Riverside County.

To address the chronic shortage of qualified child-care providers in the region, UCR Extension's Early Childhood and Family Studies program provides training and financial assistance for anyone interested in pursuing a career in early child care and education.

Grants totaling $1.3 million from First 5 San Bernardino provide financial assistance for students living and/or working in San Bernardino County through the SBC-CONNECTIONS AND SBC-CARES programs.

Riverside County residents who are earning their first child development permit receive similar assistance from REFLECTIONS, a bilingual program subcontracted through the Riverside County Child Care Consortium funded by First 5 Riverside.

The grants provide support for students whether they are enrolled in courses at UCR Extension or at a local community college. However, courses through UCR Extension are offered in English and Spanish providing a unique opportunity for Spanish-speaking residents to take advantage of the programs.

Margi Wild, director of child development grants for UCR Extension, said the grants are designed to boost the number of qualified child-care workers in the Inland area and to encourage those already working in the field to expand their knowledge and expertise.

The SBC-CONNECTIONS grant offers $465,080 in tuition and textbook assistance, stipends, educational materials, training, mentoring and college credit for child development students and those pursuing child development permits. Students must live or work in San Bernardino County to be eligible.

The SBC-CARES grant provides $864,437 for stipends, mentoring and professional training to licensed child care providers and those who are exempt from licensing because they are family members or friends caring for children from one other family. Students must live and work in San Bernardino County.

Wild said students who meet certain criteria can qualify for a career incentive award, similar to an annual bonus for remaining in early care and education, through the CARES program. Education and career support is provided throughout the year along with the annual bonus. Child care center workers receive $800 to $1,600 at the end of the year, depending upon the permit, degree and number of college units completed.

Wild said about 9,000 individuals have received assistance through the two programs since October 2002.

The $115,000 REFLECTIONS grant helps Riverside County residents earn their first child development permit that qualify them to teach in licensed child development centers.

The grant covers tuition, textbooks, instructor costs and program materials for 575 courses annually, and 368 students have accessed these classes through UCR Extension, Wild said.

Learn more about the SBC-CONNECTIONS AND SBC-CARES programs.

Learn more about the REFLECTIONS program.

Let's Meet at Your Place

Kathleen Liepman"It's been an amazing and rewarding experience for all involved!" That's the assessment from Kathy Liepman, Human Resources Manager, at Adam Nutrition in Mira Loma, talking about their on-site Custom Training classes from UCR Extension.

Adam Nutrition is one of a growing number of Inland area businesses that provide training for their employees without putting a strain on their bottom line. Thanks to the cooperation between UCR Extension and the California Employment Training Panel, in partnership with the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board or Riverside Economic Development Agency, the cost of Custom Training programs are completely covered for eligible businesses.

Employees must be permanent (on the job 90 days prior to training), work more than 35 hours a week, and earn a minimum wage of $13 an hour inclusive of benefits in order to qualify. UCR Extension offers on-site custom training for manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, supply chain management and construction companies to increase employee innovation, productivity and commitment.

While research shows that employer-sponsored training improves employee loyalty, which in turn reduces costly turnover and increases productivity, Liepman knows this from her own experience.

"Our employees were very motivated and excited to take what they learned in class and apply it to their jobs. Some employees, who took the Project Management class, even continued their projects after the class was over," Liepman said.

Adam Nutrition, which manufactures nutritional supplements, employs 125 full time and 80 temporary employees at its Mira Loma facility. The company offered four on-site courses through UCR Extension in the past year: English as a Second Language; Project Management Process and Applications; Supervision, Leadership and Teambuilding, and Lean Manufacturing.

Custom Training programs can be offered on-site or at UCR facilities, and can be built around current courses or hand-tailored to fit specific needs. They cover a variety of popular subjects ranging from computer skills to team building. Tapping into an extensive network of industry and academic experts, these courses put theory into practice to boost productivity and make an immediate impact. Just ask Kathy Liepman; she's already palnning her January classes.

Learn more about UCR Extension's on-site Custom Training program.

Rising Star

Rising StarGerman Bonilla began volunteering in his daughter's preschool class 13 years ago. He dreamed of one day becoming a teacher.

Two years ago, German enrolled in UCR Extension's Child Development permit program, which had been recommended by friends who encouraged him to pursue his passion for teaching. A grant through REFLECTIONS, a bilingual program subcontracted through the Riverside County Child Care Consortium funded by First 5 Riverside, covered half the cost of his classes.

German earned his Child Development Associate Teacher permit and plans to continue taking classes to get his Child Development Teacher permit.

German still volunteers at Riverside's Highland Elementary School in the preschool classroom and also helps with students who are learning English and with children with special needs. His youngest son, who has Down syndrome, is a Highland student.

German is the President of Highland's English Learner Advisory Committee and is a member of the Bilingual Advisory Committee. He has been working to create a Spanish/English library and Reading Club where Spanish-speaking parents can read to their children and help them succeed. So far, he has collected about 500 books.

"I'm trying to involve parents in the education of their kids," German said.

German is passionate about connecting the community of parents to local resources. He talks about starting a newspaper for parents at the school where businesses could advertise job openings. He has connected UCR Extension instructors with the local schools to offer classes on nutrition, sports, and English.

German had nothing but praise for his UCR Extension instructor, Guillermina Hernandez, Program Coordinator.

"Without the program, I would not be where I am today. Guillermina is a hero behind a desk. She pushes us to succeed and find solutions. She is a true motivator."

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