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May 05

New $1.3 million grant to Chaffey College will support technical training in Fontana

Students who complete one of the apprenticeship programs covered by the grant are eligible for a 240-hour paid internship

By | | The Press-Enterprise

Chaffey College’s pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs at its Industrial Technical Learning Center in Fontana are getting a $1.3 million boost, thanks to a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

The two-year grant, made to the Chaffey College Foundation in April, is intended to provide accelerated training programs and paid internships in advanced manufacturing for low-income Inland Empire residents.

“We are grateful to the James Irvine Foundation for its generosity,” Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon said in a news release. “This support will change many lives by giving more students access to a quality education and lucrative careers.”

Programs affected by the grant include welding, machining, additive manufacturing, and heating, ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R). A new industrial electrical and mechanical pre-apprenticeship pathway will also be created and funded by the grant. Students who complete one of these programs are eligible for a 240-hour internship paying $17 an hour.

These sorts of positions are increasingly in demand: According to a 2018 study by the Manufacturing Institute, a lack of trained manufacturing workers may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028.

Employers interested more information should contact Rosalinda Rivas at 909-652-8482 or For all other inquiries, or to learn how to participate in one of InTech’s training programs, contact the InTech Center at 909-652-8488.