Chaffey College Foundation Receives $1.3-Million Grant for InTech

April 9, 2021

A student works on equipment at InTech.

The James Irvine Foundation awarded the Chaffey College Foundation a $1.3-million grant this month to support internships, pre-apprenticeships and training at the Industrial Technical Learning Center in Fontana. It is Chaffey’s second $1.3-million grant awarded by the foundation in the last two years.

The grant will provide accelerated training programs and paid internships in advanced manufacturing for low-income Inland Empire residents.

Chaffey College Superintendent/President Dr. Henry Shannon said InTech has seen a 12 percent increase in enrollment at InTech due to COVID-19. The grant will help the center meet that increased need, and the needs of industry in the region.

“Students are coming to InTech in search of pandemic-proof careers,” Shannon said. “And thanks to The   James Irvine Foundation, we will be able to serve them and help transform their lives.”

Sandra Sisco, director of Chaffey College economic development and the InTech Center, said the grant will help InTech rebuild the region’s economy by providing skilled employees for the workforce.

“We are still dealing with the challenges of the pandemic, but as the region begins to emerge, InTech will play a vital role in helping us bounce back and close the skills gap by providing training designed by industry to meet their employment needs,” Sisco said.

The grant will help InTech offer accelerated entry-level training programs in a variety of manufacturing jobs, including welding, industrial maintenance, mechatronics and cybersecurity. Students who successfully complete one of these programs will then be eligible to be placed at a company for a 240-hour paid internship at $18 an hour.

“We are grateful for our partnership with The James Irvine Foundation’s Better Careers initiative because it aligns with our vision of transforming lives through education,” said Foundation Executive Director Lisa Nashua.

U.S. manufacturing is facing an unprecedented talent shortage as the economy continues to grow and the aging workforce looks to retire. In a 2018 study by The Manufacturing Institute, there will be an estimated 2.4 million jobs that will go unfilled by 2028 due to a lack of skilled workers available to take those positions.

For employers interested in selecting a paid intern, contact the center at For general information or to learn about qualifications to participate in one of InTech’s training programs, call the InTech Center at (909) 652-8488 or visit