The Industrial Technical Learning Center is operated by the Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium which includes multiple partners, and sponsors. The Consortium was initially funded by The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT grant).
Five areas of emphasis were identified:
- Pre-Engineering/Engineering Technology
- Industrial Maintenance
- Automation & Robotics
- Metal Fabrication/Welding
Studies conducted by the Inland Empire Center of Excellence (COE) examined the 2014 median annual salary of individuals in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties employed in advanced manufacturing occupations. Across the five focus areas, the 2014 median annual income was approximately $39,031. In contrast, the 2014 median annual salary of generally skilled laborers in the same two-county region was approximately $27,000.
Applying a conservative 2% cost-of-living adjustment to the annual salaries of generally skilled laborers and individuals employed in the five TAACCCT focus areas, over the span of an average work life (25 years), it is projected that prospective TAACCCT-trained employees stand to earn approximately $393,096 more than their generally skilled laborer counterparts. Over the four-year TAACCCT project period, it is estimated that 2,589 workers and other adults will be served. Applying conservative employment projections to this population (2.7% annual job growth in advanced manufacturing occupations through industry growth and/or replacement over the next ten years; TAACCCT-trained employees remaining employed for 20 years), the long-term economic impact of the TAACCCT grant on the Inland Empire would minimally equate to approximately $168 million ($8.4 million annually).
While conservative employment projections have been identified, recent regional data suggests burgeoning employment opportunities for TAACCCT-trained employees in advance manufacturing fields. The Inland Empire Center of Excellence (COE) has identified 4,350 advanced manufacturing businesses within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. In 2012, these businesses generated $24 billion in revenue and provided an estimated 96,519 jobs in the Inland Empire’s two-county region. The COE has identified 45 manufacturing occupations in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties that are expected to generate 2,020 annual openings (new and replacement jobs) over the next year alone. Furthermore, these projections do not take into account the “greying” of the current advanced manufacturing workforce. Over 90% of local advanced manufacturing employers anticipate growth and/or hiring to meet the expected workforce demand. Centers of Excellence. (2014). Advanced Manufacturing Industry & Occupations in the Inland Empire.