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September 29, 2014


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

Kathy Dutton
Director, Employment Development and Community Education
909 652-6042

For Immediate Release


(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Chaffey College was awarded nearly $15 million for advanced manufacturer training from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education. Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan announced the 2014 recipients of $450 million in job-driven training grants which will serve nearly 270 community colleges across the country.

Chaffey College and the Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium (IERTC) will receive $14,980,284 to improve manufacturing training in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. Of today's 71 grantees named across the nation, Chaffey College and the IERTC are the sole California recipients. Each college/university in the IERTC will receive a share of the funds awarded through the TAACCCT grant.

The grant will enable Chaffey College and the Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium (IERTC) to create the STEM Education Business Incubator (SEPI) Center to focus on Advanced Manufacturing Applications. The SEBI will be located at California Steel Industries in Fontana, a long-time partner of Chaffey College. The grant will serve the areas of Rancho Cucamonga, Norco, Barstow, Palm Desert, San Jacinto, Victorville, San Bernardino, Yucaipa and Riverside Cities in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

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.

The Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium (IERTC) is a regionally coordinated, large-scale effort to develop the highly trained/highly technical workforce necessary to advance industry and the economy of our region. Educational programs and certificates will be aligned with the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM), Institute for Manufacturing including ACT, NIMS, MSSC, NCCER, AWS and OSHA. IERTC plans to implement an advanced integrated career pathway approach that includes multiple entry and exit points with various certificates and degrees.

The Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium (IERTC) is a partnership with employers to develop training programs to enable workers to build skills that will help them obtain good jobs.

Partnerships with Employers: Ashley Furniture; Brithinee Electric; California Quality Plastics; California Steel Industries; Cott Beverages; Horizon Hobby; Michaels; Nestle Waters, North America; Niagara Water; Penn Emblem; Packing Corp; Safariland; Southern California Edison; Spray-Tech; Steelscape; Total Resources International; Ventura Foods; TST and Vista Metals.

Public Workforce System Partners: Riverside County WIB, San Bernardino County WIB, California Workforce Services Division Economic Development Department.

Other Key Partners: Manufactures' Council of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Alliance for Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Baldy View ROP, San Bernardino County ROP, Riverside County ROP, CRY ROP, Goodwill Foundation, CAP Program, Career Ladders Project, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and The California Manufacturers' and Technology Association.

"Many of today's grantees are building on the efforts of past TAACCCT winners, leveraging curriculum that has been developed through strong partnerships between community colleges, the workforce system, employers and industry groups to transform the way they design and deliver courses through accelerated learning strategies," as stated in a September 29, 2014 White House news release.

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