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January 29, 2014


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
909 652-6115

Alisha Serrano
Interim Director, Economic Development
909 652-6053

For Immediate Release


The Chaffey College Economic Development department secured over $1 million from the State of California Employment Training Panel to serve California employers. This funding will be used to assist employers in assessing critical skills gaps in their organizations and create training programs fully customized to the business's needs. The result of such training is intended to provide incumbent workers with job security, livable wages, and opportunities for advancement; and to assist employers to successfully compete in a global economy.

Chaffey College remains dedicated to the strength of the local economy and strives to partner with businesses and industry to identify and meet workforce needs. The college initially secured funding from the Employment Training Panel in 2007 and continues to add to its list of nearly 100 employers who access training for incumbent workers. Training in the areas of computer skills, continuous improvement, leadership, and manufacturing skills continues to be in high demand. Chaffey College provides subject matter experts and experienced trainers to design and deliver training customized to specific industry and employer needs.

The Employment Training Panel provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. Created in 1982 by the California State Legislature, the Employment Training Panel is funded by California employers through a special payroll tax and has reimbursed over $1 billion for training employees in over 80,000 businesses. The Employment Training Panel exists to attract and retain businesses that contribute to a healthy California economy, provide workers with secure jobs that pay good wages and have opportunities for advancement, assist employers to successfully compete in the global economy, and promote the benefits and ongoing investment of training among employers.

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