Drew Nate | VOICE

Low-income residents in the Inland Empire will soon have an opportunity to participate in new job training programs in property management, maintenance and other fields through a partnership between National CORE and Chaffey College.

California Assembly Bill 132,  championed by Assemblymember James Ramos  and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 27, is an attempt to bridge the equity gap in California by creating more career advancement opportunities. 

The California Comeback Plan expands the Cal Grant program, and provides one million dollars to Rancho Cucamonga’s Chaffey College to initiate the  CORE Academy. 

The partnership with the affordable housing developer, National CORE, will provide “employment training, mentoring, and a pipeline to job placement for low-income individuals to enter the fields of property management, property maintenance, and other related industries,” according to the bill.

In a recent press release California State Assemblymember James Ramos talked about how COVID-19 has drastically affected the state of California, “Our state is facing historic challenges resulting from the economic devastation caused by the pandemic,” Ramos said. “Especially during times like these, we must create opportunities for everyone in our society to work well-paying jobs without subjecting themselves to a lifetime of debt. Workforce development programs like the CORE Academy are key to creating true economic mobility, and I’m proud to be part of this partnership.”

Many Americans lost employment as a result of the pandemic including many in the inland region. Through California’s Comeback Plan, CORE Academy looks to accelerate and expand existing jobs in the field of property management and maintenance services as well as provide new career opportunities for members of the Inland Empire. 

Those securing jobs in these fields can earn salaries ranging from $35,000 to $70,000 annually. These jobs will not require a college degree but rather training that will be required as part of  a certification process. 

The skills and jobs created by the program will help break through the education barrier that many have linked to the nationwide labor supply shortage. 

In addition to creating jobs for Inland Empire residents, the National CORE looks to provide affordable and sustainable housing to help combat the affordable housing crisis.

“Chaffey College seeks to improve lives through education, and that is exactly what CORE Academy will do,” said Dr. Henry Shannon, president/superintendent of Chaffey College. “I am so excited for the countless individuals who will unlock new careers and opportunities by enrolling in this program.”

For more information visit www.nationalcore.org.

Drew Nate is a recent graduate of La Sierra University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. As a student he researched and wrote on topics of interest including international climate change, social justice, fashion and criminal justice reform for the University’s student run newspaper.

Drew Nate, a resident of Corona, California, reports for Black Voice News and the IE Voice where he focuses on stories within the Inland Empire and throughout California. An advocate for equity and social justice, he emphasizes civil rights for African Americans. Drew previously served as a staff reporter for The Criterion, a student-run newspaper publication at La Sierra University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Communications. Drew’s areas of interest include international climate change, fashion, and criminal justice reform. Contact Drew with tips, comments, and/or concerns at drew@blackvoicenews.com.