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October 13, 2015


Sheryl Herchenroeder
Public Information
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Lisa Nashua
Chaffey College Foundation
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For Immediate Release


ONTARIO, CA. - Today at Chaffey College’s 16th Annual Report to the Community Luncheon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. presented the Chaffey College Foundation with a check in the amount of $100,000 to further the college’s advanced manufacturing program. The program is designed to facilitate a learning pipeline from the high school to the four-year college level. Today’s gift will supplement the $15 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant the Inland Empire region received last year from the United States Departments of Education and Labor.

The JPMorgan Chase New Skills at Work grant is designed to foster programs that inform and accelerate efforts to develop demand-driven skills training so that workers and industries have the skills to compete and prosper in a global economy. The college fulfills this goal by identifying and addressing skills gaps and building programs that meet industry needs.

Last year’s $15 million regional grant has allowed the Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium (IERTC) partners to establish the Industrial Technical Learning Center at California Steel Industries, Inc. in Fontana. The center provides technical skill development and industry-aligned work readiness skills at multiple educational levels. The JPMorgan Chase grant will allow the college to further develop curriculum, mentoring/job shadowing, internship matching, programming and outreach that will actively engage and support students on the path through academic instruction toward high-skill, high-wage career opportunities.

“The most exciting part of this program is our ability to create an educational pipeline from the high school, to community college, to four-year universities for Inland Empire students.

Our partnerships with local ROP programs, educational institutions, businesses, and community groups have allowed us to establish programs that truly enhance the lives of people in our communities. This grant from JPMorgan Chase will help us further develop programs that produce a highly-skilled workforce that can compete in the global market,” stated Dr. Henry Shannon, Chaffey College superintendent/president.

Myeisha Peguero Gamiño, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for JPMorgan Chase in the Inland Empire, said, “We have long supported the skills training and development work of high-impact organizations throughout the Inland Empire. We are pleased to work with the Chaffey College Foundation to help workers gain the skills they need to succeed.”

Today’s grant is part of JPMorgan Chase’s unprecedented five-year, $250 million global New Skills at Work initiative. Launched in 2013, New Skills at Work is the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the skills gap that exists across many industries, such as healthcare and advanced manufacturing, where not enough trained workers have the specific skills needed to fill the jobs available.
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“The Chaffey College Foundation is pleased to be able to facilitate this $100,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase. The Foundation exists to support the college’s mission of access to education and training that improves the lives of the communities we serve,” Lisa Nashua, Executive Director, Chaffey College Foundation.

The Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium (IERTC) is a partnership between 10 community colleges including: Chaffey College, Barstow College, College of the Desert, Crafton Hills College, Mt. San Jacinto College, MiraCosta College, Norco College, Riverside City College, San Bernardino Valley College, Victor Valley College, as well as CSU San Bernardino and UC Riverside.

Established in 1883, Chaffey College was one of the first colleges to be established in California and offers associate degrees, as well as vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Courses are offered at campuses in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, and Fontana, as well as online through the Distance Education program. For general information about the college, please visit

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