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All 2019 Apple Valley High graduates to receive $1,600 each to attend Victor Valley College

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Dr. Gregory Jones speaks to Apple Valley High School seniors during an assembly in the school gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The assembly was held to announce a $1,600 scholarship available to all AVHS seniors who choose to attend Victor Valley College this year. (Photo: Fabian Guillen)

APPLE VALLEY – Every senior who graduates from Apple Valley High School and chooses to attend Victor Valley College this year will receive a $1,600 scholarship, courtesy of the new AVHS Alumni Scholarship.

The class of 2019 was gathered in the school gymnasium Thursday morning for an assembly that announced the scholarship, featuring a lineup of guest speakers from VVC.

“We are here to tell you that this is a wonderful opportunity for you. Studies show that people who go to community college and complete a degree are going to make, on average, twice as much money as someone who just goes to high school and doesn’t pursue a higher education,” said VVC Superintendent/President Dr. Dan Walden. “Community college worked for me, I’ve seen it work for thousands, and I hope you’ll take this opportunity that this wonderful donor made available to you.”

The donation was made by an alum of both AVHS and VVC and will be given to the VVC Foundation, the primary organization through which the community invests in the college. A $1,600 scholarship is offered to the entire graduating class this year, which is about 540 students. During the assembly Thursday, faculty from various departments of the college spoke about the programs available to students, including Biology, Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Technology, Construction Technology, Welding and Speech Communications. 

“In 16 weeks at VVC we can send you into the workforce studying medicine,” said Christi Myers, VVC EMS Academy Faculty and an alumna of AVHS. “But I’m also here to encourage you to explore, because EMS is not for everyone, hence the reason you’re presented with so many opportunities … You have to do what you love, because if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Nursing professor Terry Truelove told students that VVC’s nursing program is ranked one of the best in California by several surveys, including RegisteredNursing.org, which ranks it as No. 4 and praises it for producing graduated who are “ready to work.” “They had me speak today because I have a typical background as many of you do —  I was born brown in the city of Los Angeles and poor,” said Truelove, who has been a registered nurse for 32 years. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do either, but because I went to a community college, I am in the most trusted career field in the country … I live very comfortably now and you can too.”

Chris Piercy, director of the Victor Valley College K16 Bridge Program, speaks to Apple Valley High School seniors during an assembly in the school gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The assembly was held to announce a $1,600 scholarship available to all AVHS seniors who choose to attend Victor Valley College this year. (Photo: Fabian Guillen)
Chris Piercy, director of the Victor Valley College K16 Bridge Program, speaks to Apple Valley High School seniors during an assembly in the school gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The assembly was held to announce a $1,600 scholarship available to all AVHS seniors who choose to attend Victor Valley College this year. (Photo: Fabian Guillen)

Dr. Gregory Jones, a communications studies professor at VVC, asked the students to think about the best apps they have on their phone and told them that he knew of an app that could surpass all others.

“This app opens doors, creates positive impressions, demands respect, increases your income and facilitates anything you want to accomplish. This app will not appear on your homescreen,” Jones said. You can’t buy this app. It’s not for sale … But you can earn it. Thanks in part to the generosity of your community, there is an app with your name on it at VVC just waiting for you to open it. Come and get it.”

About 80 percent of VVC students qualify for the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governor Fee Waiver). For those qualifying students, it costs about $100 to attend VVC full-time for one year, excluding the cost of books and supplies. One full-time year costs about $1,150 for those who don’t qualify for the promise grant. In addition, about 52 percent of VVC students qualify for the Pell Grant, which is distributed at a maximum of $6,095 per year. 

The AVHS Alumni Scholarship available to this year’s graduates will allow them to attend VVC for free for at least the first year and possibly two.
The hope is to have continued support for the scholarship in coming years. Many of the speakers Thursday are AVHS alums, including Christi Myers, VVC Director of Admissions and Records Greta Moon, VVC Construction Technology Department Chair Anthony Bonato and Apple Valley Town Council member Kari Leon.

Terry Truelove, a professor of nursing at Victor Valley College, talks to Apple Valley High School seniors about VVC’s nursing program during an assembly in the school gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The assembly was held to announce a $1,600 scholarship available to all AVHS seniors who choose to attend Victor Valley College this year. (Photo: Fabian Guillen)
Terry Truelove, a professor of nursing at Victor Valley College, talks to Apple Valley High School seniors about VVC’s nursing program during an assembly in the school gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The assembly was held to announce a $1,600 scholarship available to all AVHS seniors who choose to attend Victor Valley College this year. (Photo: Fabian Guillen)

For more information on VVC scholarships, visit www.vvcfoundation.com

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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Motorcycle crash shuts down 15 Freeway in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A motorcycle crash briefly shut down the 15 freeway Saturday afternoon in Hesperia.

The crash was reported at 6:10 p.m., August 8th, 2020, on the northbound 15 Freeway between Oak Hill Road and Ranchero Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, a motorcycle rider was struck by a vehicle.

The impact sent the bike into the right hand shoulder of northbound 15 freeway and the rider into the center divider.

CHP logs reported that at least 8 motorcycles pulled into the center divider while 15-20 motorcycle riders stopped in lanes of traffic after the crash.

Northbound and southbound traffic of the 15 freeway was briefly stopped while a helicopter landed on scene.

The motorcycle rider was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition.

There were no other injuries reported. The freeway was reopened at 6:45 p.m.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. This is a developing story with no further details currently available.

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Man arrested for the murder of his 30-year-old son in Victorville

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Deputies responded to a shooting in the 16700 block of Yucca Ave. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 49-year-old Victorville man was arrested for the murder of his son, officials said.

At about 10:00 PM on Friday, August 7, 2020, deputies responded to the 16700 block Yucca Avenue regarding to 911 calls of gunshots heard near an apartment complex, officials said.

Deputies from the Victorville Police Department arrived and detained a male, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Sr., outside of the complex.

Deputies quickly located an unresponsive male victim, outside of the apartment, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Jr., was pronounced deceased at the scene, officials said.

Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation and determined there was an altercation between Clyde Jr. and his father, Clyde Sr.

“At some point during the altercation, Clyde Sr. shot and killed his son outside of the apartment,” stated sheriff’s officials.

Clyde Buschbaum Sr. was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for murder.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michelle Del Rio, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com

Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)
Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

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