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The Annual Legislative Women of the Year Ceremony was held on Monday, March 4th, 2019 at the California State Capital. The award honorees were selected by California’s 80 assembly members who recognized a woman residing in his/her district who has made significant contributions to the community.

Sandra Sisco with Governor Gavin Newsom's wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Sandra Sisco with Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Sandra Sisco, director, economic development for Chaffey College’s INTECH Center was selected as a 2019 Woman of the Year by Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez of the 52nd Assembly District, which comprises the western parts of the Inland Empire, including the cities of Pomona, Chino, Montclair and Ontario. During the ceremony, Assembly Member Rodriguez‏ honored Ms. Sisco on the Assembly floor of the State Capital. Rodriguez commented, “It was a privilege to share with leaders from across California how the work Sandra does at the Intech Center is moving the Inland Empire forward. Thank you for being a great community champion!”

The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 by Assemblywoman Bev Hansen (R) and Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D) to coincide with Women’s History Month. This yearly event is sponsored and organized by the Women’s Caucus and speaks to the unique contributions the awardees have made to the lives of fellow Californians. The rarity of this award is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that only 120 women are honored by the California State Legislature each year in a state of nearly 40 million people.

Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez of the 52nd Assembly District with Woman of the Year, Sandra Sisco
Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez of the 52nd Assembly District with Woman of the Year, Sandra Sisco

Ms. Sisco stated, “I would like to thank Assembly Member Rodriguez‏ for this honor. I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished since the InTech Center opened in 2016. My predecessor Kathy Dutton was a huge advocate and worked with California Steel Industries to develop one of the first public-private partnerships in the state of California. Because the Inland Empire has the fastest overall job growth in the state, it is crucial that we work closely with business and industry leaders to design and deliver apprenticeship and incumbent worker training programs that meet their needs. Our motto since the inception of Intech has been: Designed by industry for industry.”

Learn more about the Intech Center’s state registered apprenticeship programs in Industrial Maintenance Electrician and Industrial Mechanic.

Ms. Sisco added, “The Intech Center shares the mission of all California Community Colleges. Our goal is to advance California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through education, training, and services that contribute to continuous workforce improvement. By remaining agile to industry needs, we are able to better serve Inland Empire constituents and elevate their careers to family-sustaining wages. I would also like to thank our funding partners who have helped make our success possible: The Arconic Foundation, the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Division, The California Community College Chancellor’s Office, The California Employment Training Panel, The James Irvine Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.”

About the InTech Center

The Industrial Technical Learning Center (InTech) is the first public-private partnership in the California Community College System and possibly in the U.S.; it has attracted national and international attention. In a recent visit to the InTech Center, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris called it a “national model.”

Located on the California Steel Industries campus in Fontana, California the 33,000 square foot facility provides in-demand technical training and professional development programs including Industrial Electrical, Industrial Mechanical, Automation & Process Control, Mechatronics, Welding, HVAC, Office Occupations, Pre-Engineering, and Construction training. Students are trained at no-cost and can attain nationally recognized stackable certifications.

For more information about InTech Center training programs, please contact:
Natalie Weaver
Grant Liaison
Office: 909-652-8491
Email: Natalie.Weaver@chaffey.edu

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 www.chaffey.edu.

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