Crafton Hills College (CHC) is once again proudly hosting the annual California Classic, a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee swim meet, and seeks volunteers to staff the event on Saturday, Sept.  17.

The annual event, held at the CHC Aquatics Center, is open to para-athlete swimmers from all over the world with physical, visual or intellectual impairment. CHC has hosted the event since 2015. According to event organizers, the California Classic prepares them for a series of competitions on the road to the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif.

Heather Chittenden, CHC’s athletic director, said volunteers help time and record events throughout the day and assist with additional support in other areas as needed.

“We are honored to host such an important event here and be a part of U.S. para-athlete history,” Chittenden said. “We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers who donate their time to make it possible for us to host these amazing athletes.”

About 15 to 20 volunteers are needed for two competition sessions from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the event day. Interested parties can contact Chittenden by email at or by phone at 909-389-3605 to sign up. For a preview of what to expect or to learn more, visit



Michelle Riggs


About Crafton Hills College

With its dedicated professors, ample extracurricular opportunities, supportive staff, and beautiful surroundings, Crafton Hills College is a place where students thrive. Since its opening in 1972, more than 100,000 people of different ages, interests, and backgrounds have attended CHC, drawn to the outstanding educational opportunities available to students interested in earning two-year associate degrees, transferring to four-year colleges and universities to obtain bachelor's degrees, career and technical education programs, and general education to increase job effectiveness or learn new skills.

CHC offers more than 50 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, vocations, and technical studies, and currently serves about 7,900 students. Students can receive multidisciplinary degrees, including Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Liberal Studies - Teacher Preparation, and Social Science, and the Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services-Paramedics programs are some of the finest community college programs in the state, with CHC the primary trainer for paramedics in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. CHC also has the distinction of being the top community college in the Inland Empire when it comes to degree/certificate completion rates and course retention/success rates.

Professors are experts in their field and are active in their professions outside of the classroom. Because class sizes are small, professors are easily accessible, offer one-on-one support, and often take students on field trips. Cultural, social, and recreational opportunities abound, and there are clubs for all interests as well as theater arts productions and musical performances year-round. CHC's facilities are spacious and welcoming and include a health and wellness center, an art gallery, an aquatics center and a child development center. A place for reflection and growth, CHC promotes lifelong learning, and is proud of its alumni making a difference in the Inland Empire and beyond.

Crafton Hills College is an EOE, ADA, AA institution. San Bernardino Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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