Chaffey College’s Industrial Technical Learning Center (InTech) located on the California Steel Industries campus in Fontana is the recipient of a $700,000 grant to expand its advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program in the Inland Empire and desert regions.
The InTech program offers industry-driven technical training in state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and equipment to prepare candidates to fill positions in the region’s growing manufa cturing and logistics industry.
The apprenticeship program was launched in July with five employers and 32 apprentices seeking careers as industrial maintenance electricians or industrial mechanics. The apprentices who participate in the program can achieve journey-level status in two to four years and in the process, become an expert in their craft.
“The industrial maintenance electrician and industrial mechanic apprenticeship not only give individuals a career pathway to family-sustaining wages, but also provide manufacturers with access to an untapped talent pool,” said Sandra Sisco, Chaffey College Director of Economic Development and the InTech Center.
When news of the $700,000 grant was announced, Melissa Pinion, Communications Manager for Chaffey College, stressed InTech’s commitment to work more closely with the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, the Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire, the Inland Empire/Desert Region College Consortium, Growing Inland Achievement, the James Irvine Foundation and the many other manufacturers in the region throughout the 3 ½-year grant period.
For those 18 years of age or older who are unemployed, underemployed or are interested in additional training for a current job, the InTech Center offers certificate programs where individuals can earn certifications that are recognized statewide and nationally. In addition, training is free for qualified applicants. To learn more visit http://intechcenter.org/.