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Chaffey Transportation Scholarships Available

Students, here’s a great opportunity get extra money for school! Chaffey College has six Transportation Scholarships available for $500 each.

To be eligible, you must write a 1-2 page, double-spaced, typed essay that describes how you get to and from campus without the use of a car. Explain your typical commute, how you feel about it, and how it affects your college experience. If applicable, you also may address how receiving this scholarship would improve your current transportation situation.

To apply click here for the application form.

Scholarship applications are due in Student Activities by Monday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. Good luck!

Go Smart, Chaffey College open doors for student

For Rialto resident Eddie Garcia, Omnitrans is all about opportunity. The bus has played a big role in his life and has opened the door to many new experiences.

“I’m Hispanic and come from a typical big Mexican family. There are ten of us living together, my parents, four sisters, three brothers and myself. Me, my mom and a few of my siblings are working right now, and we all help support each other.”

The 19-year-old student recently earned his medical assistant certificate and is interested in continuing his studies to become an RN. Currently he works part time at 7-Eleven and attends part-time classes at Chaffey College.

“One of the things I like about riding the bus is that it breaks down a lot of barriers. No one is better or worse than anyone else–everybody is equal. Because of that, I’ve gotten to know a lot of other students I might not have normally interacted with. Most of my friends are Hispanic, because that’s the community I grew up in. Riding Omnitrans, I had the chance to have conversations with other students from different cultures and really get to know them.  Sometimes we’d end up being a class together the following semester, and it was great to have that connection.”

Eddie Garcia (far right) and his family

As a Chaffey student, Eddie is able to take advantage of the Go Smart program. With Go Smart, students and/or schools pay a per student transportation fee to Omnitrans that allows them unlimited free rides with their student ID.

“Money and lack of a car were always the big obstacles that kept many of my friends from pursuing a college education,” said Eddie. “With Omnitrans and Chaffey supporting something like the Go Smart program, it motivates them to go to school. It gives them an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have.”

“I started at Chaffey right out of high school. Unlike some of the other community colleges I talked to, they took the time to help make the registration process easy and a lot less complicated. There was no long waiting list and their classes fit my schedule. And Go Smart made it affordable. To get from my home in Rialto to school in Rancho Cucamonga meant taking three buses.  I never would have been able to keep up with the fare costs. But because Go Smart let me ride for free with my student ID, that obstacle was gone. It made it possible for me to go to college.”

Although Eddie got a car about a month ago, he says his family still frequently uses the bus. Two of his sisters often take Omnitrans to get to  the charter school they attend in Fontana. “The bus still helps us save time and money. And I like knowing it’s there as a backup in case I need it.”

– Juno Kughler Carlson
juno.carlson@omnitrans.org

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Congratulations to our 1 Millionth Go Smart Rider!

Buster and the crew were on hand to surprise the one millionth Go Smart rider, Daniella Marie, as she was getting off the Route 80 bus at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga this morning. The 19-year old student lives in Montclair and is studying to become a registered nurse. She also works as a medical assistant.

She was excited to be greeted by Buster as she stepped down from the bus.  The crew presented her with balloons, an Omnitrans tote bag stuffed with goodies and framed gift certificates totaling $100.”I wanted those balloons the moment I saw them!” laughed Daniella giving the mascot a hug. “You guys have made my day!”

This is Daniella’s first semester at Chaffey College, and she is a big fan of the Go Smart program which gives her unlimited rides with her student ID. She relies on the bus not only for school, but for work as well. “I was so excited when I found out I could ride for free. It’s pretty cool, because I always had to pay for a bus before,” she said. “It saves me a lot of money. And I can get my class reading done while I ride!”

Over the next two weeks, students at Chaffey College will be voting on whether or not to approve a $7.50 student transportation fee that will enable the Go Smart program to continue for the 2012/2013 school year. For more information, visit the Omnitrans website.

To view more pictures from our One Millionth Go Smart Rider celebration, visit us on Flickr.