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Verizon Innovative Learning resources, including at CSUSB, help schools serve their communities from afar
May 28, 2020

The Verizon Innovative Learning program for young men of color at California State University, San Bernardino was highlighted in an article about students using the technology they’ve learned to contribute to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xinying Yin, the Verizon Innovative Learning program director at CSUSB,  and Kim Laird and Ashley Louis, the instructors, and have been working with five students to make face masks on 3D-printers.

Laird said, “When we started, one of the boys’ mom was working at the hospital and didn’t have PPE (personal protective equipment). So we were like, ‘Okay, we have an immediate need. We can get them to their hospital. We can get them to Pomona Valley.’”

Yin, Laird and Louis see the boys’ work as an extension of the program’s core mission. “This shows that even teenagers can help their community when equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills,” says Yin. “It also shows how meaningful and valuable Verizon’s effort to provide extraordinary learning opportunities for our next generation is, so that these young people can contribute to society.”  

Read the complete article at “Teachers and students 3D-print protective gear for essential workers.”

CSUSB professor takes a look at the state of business during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Sun/The Press-Enterprise/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/Redlands Daily Facts
May 29, 2020

As part of a virtual State of the Region event on May 28, Barbara Sirotnik, a professor of statistics and business analytics at Cal State San Bernardino, said a poll of local businesses revealed many can’t survive beyond 12 weeks.

“We asked how long can your organization survive without a little more federal, local or state help,” she said. “Well, larger businesses? Twelve weeks, so they can hang on. Small businesses? Four weeks. That was amazing.”

Sirotnik said companies are worried about staying afloat.

“People were really concerned that when everything started to reopen, will they have the customer flow to maintain revenue?” she said. “They know they are going to have separate people. They know they are going to have to cut hours so they have more time to disinfect. Can they do that?”

Read the complete article at “Experts unveil State of Region for Inland Empire.”

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