Fontana, California (February 21, 2017): The Arconic Foundation, previously known as the Alcoa Foundation, has awarded Chaffey College – InTech Center a grant of $15,000 to provide entry-level pre-engineering pathway courses to local individuals and continuing workforce development with incumbent workers in Project Management. The pre-engineering programs will focus on AutoCAD, SolidWorks, MasterCam and Prototyping software, with the goal of teaching trainees about advanced computer modeling, 3D printing and more. Trainings are scheduled to begin February 25, 2017. The Project Management Professional (PMP) program will begin in early spring 2017 and will provide the opportunity for incumbent workers to become PMP certified.


“This grant from the Arconic Foundation allows us to utilize advanced software for individuals that can be leveraged into lifetime careers in a variety of local industries,” said Lisa Nashua, Executive Director of the Chaffey College Foundation. “By learning about the programs that help build solid blueprints, we can have a foot in the door for advanced technology, which will allow companies to maintain their competitive edge.”


The Arconic Foundation grant will fund 86 hours of pre-engineering training for 30-40 individuals. Upon completion, trainees will obtain a certificate of professional development, and will have the option to enroll in additional certification courses at the InTech Center. Meanwhile, the PMP program will prepare 15 trainees to complete 35 hours of training in preparation to become PMP certified. “By being able to offer these necessary programs, Chaffey College maintains the ability to consistently provide advanced manufacturing trainings to help close the skills gap in the Inland Empire,” said Jennifer Poe, Lead Data and Project Manager at the InTech Center. “These programs are opportunities to aid economic recovery in manufacturing and engineering at a local level.” For more information, contact the InTech Center at 909-652-8488 or


About Chaffey College
Established in 1883, Chaffey College was one of the first colleges 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
About the InTech Center
The Industrial Technical Learning Center (InTech Center) is a 33,000 square foot facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and equipment. Located on the California Steel Industries campus in Fontana, the InTech Center is designed to provide hands-on training to individuals that employers are looking for in the rapidly growing manufacturing industry. For more information, please visit
About the Arconic Foundation
The Arconic Foundation is a philanthropic branch of the Arconic company that aims to prepare tomorrow’s workforce for successful, rewarding careers that advance the future of manufacturing. Their primary goal is to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and training worldwide. For more about the Foundation, please visit


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