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VVC alum recognized by Helpful Honda Guys

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Ashley Martin (center), a Victor Valley College alumnae and high school theater arts teacher, was recognized by the Helpful Honda Guys on May 7th, 2019. (Photo captured from SoCalHondaDealers YouTube video.)

Victor Valley College alumnae Ashley Martin was recently surprised by the Helpful Honda Guys, who awarded her $5,000 in school supplies for her efforts in promoting positive mental health awareness.

Martin, 33, attended VVC from 2005 to 2006 and is now a full-time theater teacher at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, where she has taught for seven years.

She was nominated for Honda’s Random Acts of Helpfulness program by Alta Loma high Principal Jason Kaylor, who said that Martin provides “above and beyond the typical theater arts program.”

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Alta Loma High School Principal Jason Kaylor (left) nominated Ashley Martin (center) for Honda’s Random Acts of Helpfulness. (Photo captured from SoCalHondaDealers YouTube video.)

“She creates a home for everyone and has built an incredibly inclusive program in which all students feel comfortable,” a news release states.

In a video on the SoCalHondaDealers YouTube channel, one of Martin’s students, Daimyan, says that she helped give him direction in what he wanted to do.

“She helped me develop real life skills that I am going to use getting out of high school into college and into the workforce,” Daimyan said in the video.

Some of Martin’s own skill development took place at VVC, where she decided she wanted to be a theater major and later transferred to California State University Fullerton.

“I had a really easy transition,” Martin said. “I think my theater classes at VVC created a really cool bridge between high school theater and the big program at Fullerton.”

While she studied at VVC, she also helped direct theater shows at her other alma mater, Victor Valley High School.

“It was great to get that experience at the same time because the coursework was so flexible,” she said.

While she attended Fullerton, Martin worked in the transfer center, advising high school students.

“That’s when I could really see the value of community college. For one, the affordability, and because so many of the classes transfer,” Martin said. “A lot of kids don’t really realize you can get a lot of foundation courses and a lot of your major courses to transfer at a community college.”

She continues to share this information and her own experience with her students at Alta Loma, along with teaching them valuable lessons in theater arts.

“They are taught how to work in teams, how to collaborate,” she said in the Honda video. “And these are the skills that are going to make them successful … Because they know how to be responsible. They know how to work with people.”

Martin’s hard work was rewarded in a way that’s especially meaningful to her: with much-needed supplies for her classes.

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Honda donated $5,000 worth of theater arts supplies to Alta Loma High School to recognize Ashley Martin during Teacher Appreciation Week. (Photo captured from SoCalHondaDealers YouTube video.)

Honda presented her with everything she needs to help students create their own costumes for school productions, including electric sewing machines, sewing tools, and fabric.

“I really appreciate that (Honda) values teachers …” Martin said in the video. “You guys are making a real impact, so thank you for recognizing what we do.”

Ashley Martin, a Victor Valley College alumnae and high school theater arts teacher, was recognized by the Helpful Honda Guys on May 7th, 2019. (Photo captured from SoCalHondaDealers YouTube video.)
Earlys

VVC nursing alumni: Husband, wife both named emergency room directors

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Husband and wife Steve and April Early are both Victor Valley College nursing program graduates who have been recently promoted to hospital emergency department administrators. Photos: Left from Big Bear Grizzly newspaper / Right from ROTWNews.

Two Victor Valley College nursing program graduates — husband and wife Steve and April Early — have both recently been promoted to hospital emergency department administrators.

April, a VVC graduate of Spring 2014, was named the Emergency Department Director at Bear Valley Community Hospital (BVCHD), while Steve was named the Emergency Department Manager at Mountains Community Hospital (MCH).

April was promoted to the position by the BVCHD Administrative Team on March 25th, according to a post on the hospital’s website. She is a long-time resident of Big Bear who has worked at BVCHD on and off since she was 18.

“BVCHD is so happy to have April take on this position,” the hospital website states. “We look forward to seeing what new and exciting things she has planned for the Emergency Department!

According to a Big Bear Grizzly newspaper story, April began as a clerk in the BVHCD emergency room soon after graduating high school in 2004, while becoming certified as an EMT.

“I was inspired by my coworkers as I learned what nurses can do (in emergency medicine),” Early told the Grizzly. “Emergency medicine was my original plan out of school. I like the excitement, the adrenaline. I felt I was making a different.”

Both Earlys decided to attend VVC to continue their education and earn their nursing degrees.

“I think that is the smart way to go,” Early told the newspaper. “Victor Valley (College) has a great reputation. Community college leads to an associate’s degree that lets you get to work.”

Both Steve and April also recently obtained their masters degrees in nursing.

Steve has been working in emergency rooms for the past 17 years, according to a post on ROTWNews. He began as an EMT after he was honorably discharged from the military after 10 years of service. He most recently worked at BVCHD.

“(Steve) is excited and very honored to be given the privilege of leading the ER at MCH,” the post states.