SBCCD awarded $1.8 million to upskill 3,200 Inland Empire workers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (www.sbccd.edu) – The State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) recently announced that it approved a $1.8 million contract with the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) to train more than 3,200 workers throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This is the largest retraining contract in California awarded by the ETP.

“I applaud the efforts of the Chancellor and his team for bringing  these resources to the District.” Board President Joseph Williams “Building a strong workforce is essential to increasing the upward mobility of our students and communities”

In addition to associate degrees and career training certificates through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College, SBCCD houses a department that works exclusively with local employers. SBCCD’s Economic Development & Corporate Training (EDCT) division administers the state’s ETP contract, with job training courses in workplace health and safety, business communication, computer literacy, manufacturing, technical and logistics skills, among others.

“The foundation of a strong economy is a strong workforce,” said SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron. “We are ready to roll up our sleeves and partner with local businesses to give their employees the job skills they need to grow and prosper.”

Recognizing the value ETP training creates for the Inland Empire economy, SBCCD will use a portion of its $1.8 million contract to expand its statewide impact by sharing best practices and replicating its training model across nine California community colleges.

“Since we began providing ETP classes in 2009, our team of instructors has served more than 200 businesses in Southern California and provided in-demand job skills to more than 6,300 workers,” said SBCCD Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development Richard Galope.“

To participate in ETP training, the company and the employee must be California-based. Additionally, businesses must pay their employees at least their regular salary while attending classes.

For more information, please visit www.sbccd.edu or call (909) 382-4084.

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