Chaffey College Draws 250 Educators, Lawmakers for Report to the Community

November 17, 2022

Chaffey College Superintendent/President Dr. Henry Shannon speaking at the podium

More than 250 city and educational leaders as well as community members from the Inland Empire gathered November 9th for Chaffey College’s annual Report to the Community in Ontario.

With the theme “Forging Ahead,” the event highlighted the relevancy of a college education, showcased Chaffey’s latest equity initiatives and shared student success stories from the Industrial Technical Learning Center, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) programs.

Chaffey College Superintendent/President Dr. Henry Shannon spoke about the import role supporters and donors play in helping the college offer more opportunities for students to succeed - thanking Randall Lewis of Lewis Group of Companies and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for their recent charitable gifts to the college.

Lewis recently gave Chaffey College $250,000 to establish a center for entrepreneurship and innovation and San Manuel gave $1.7 million earlier this year to support hospitality management and culinary arts programs. 

“I’m so proud to be here today,” Shannon said. “They say it takes a village and the village that we have here is superb. This village is strong and resilient.”

The Report to the Community also featured a live performance by the Chaffey College Concert Choir, which debuted a new song that was produced specifically for the event.

The last time Chaffey hosted its Report to the Community in-person was February 2020.

Chaffey College Governing Board President Lee McDougal thanked community members for their support in helping Chaffey fulfill its mission. He also spoke of the pride he feels from seeing students succeed.

“Students have the capacity and determination to achieve more – they just need the opportunity and resources,” he said.