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More than 60 Chaffey College Industrial Technical Learning Center students will receive training for advanced manufacturing careers through a $100,000 grant awarded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The company will present a check to the Chaffey College Governing Board on Jan. 24.

Chaffey College Superintendent/President Dr. Henry Shannon thanked the organization for its generosity, saying that the grant will help many students transform their lives.

“JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chaffey College both believe in the benefits of wise investing,” Shannon said. “We know a qualified workforce gives back to our community in many ways, so it is imperative that we provide our students all the support they need to prosper. We are grateful to JPMorgan Chase for this generous gift.”

The grant – aimed at boosting access for young people and women in advanced manufacturing – will help address the shortage of skilled workers in the region.

“As manufacturing jobs become available, Inland Empire employers find it increasingly difficult to find candidates who possess the training and experience for open positions,” said Sandra Sisco, InTech Center director. “We aim to close the skills gap and equip our students with the tools they need to succeed.”

The InTech Center will focus on recruiting people who are 18 to 24-years-old as well as women through the grant, but the InTech program is open to anyone.

Funding will support increased outreach and marketing including for National Manufacturing Day, soft skills training to prepare students for interviews and workplace interaction, services to match employers with students for internships and apprenticeships and more. InTech will also work with other colleges and community partners to determine ways the program can best benefit students, employers and the region’s economy.

“The Pathways to Equity report sponsored by JPMorgan Chase shows that only 7 percent of women in manufacturing have middle-skill manufacturing occupations with median annual earnings that would lift an adult with two children out of near-poverty,” said Sarah Bowles, vice president of global philanthropy for JPMorgan Chase. “We believe that the region, as a whole, will benefit from a more balanced workforce.”

To learn more about the program, call InTech at 909-652-8488.

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