In 2021, the pandemic continued to impact our lives, challenging us in ways we never thought possible. However, even in this ‘new normal,’ our trainees, employers, and stakeholders thrived and truly inspired us at Chaffey College InTech Center (InTech) to be resilient, flexible, and innovative to meet the needs of our community. Below, we would like to share a recap of some of our highlights in 2021:
Thanks to funding from San Bernardino and Riverside County Workforce Development Departments and The James Irvine Foundation, InTech trained 74 trainees in our entry-level programs: the Industrial Electrical and Mechanical Pre-Apprenticeship and Intro to Welding-Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Gas Metal Arc Welding.
- Our trainees were placed into jobs with an average hourly wage of $23.28 per hour, and they were hired by employers such as Burlington Stores, Inc. Distribution Center, California Steel Industries, Cushman & Wakefield, FabTech Motorsports, Titus MFR Services, Duke Pacific, and Walmart.
- TRAINEE TESTIMONIAL: Carlos Morales completed the Industrial Electrical & Mechanical Pre-Apprenticeship program in May 2021. He worked full-time while attending class to support his family. Upon completion, he was hired at California Steel Industries as a state-registered Industrial Maintenance Electrician apprentice in the Inland/Desert Employers Apprenticeship (IDEA) program. Watch Carlos’ testimonial video.
- InTech partnered with the Masonry Industry Training Association (MITA) in June 2021 to deliver a four-week bootcamp to high school students, covering basic safety, carpentry, masonry tools and techniques, equipment, measurements and drawings, mortar, construction math, hand and power tool use, introduction to material handling, construction drawings and basic rigging.
Learn more about the MITA bootcamp
- In August 2021, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez with the help of Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes, Senator Connie Leyva and San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford – secured $2.9 million in state funding to build a new welding center at InTech. “We envision this facility as a sustainable hub for entry- to advanced-level training, giving skilled workers a way to make more money and providing pathways for high school graduates and adult education students to start their professional journeys,” said InTech Center Director, Sandra Sisco.
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- InTech, in partnership with the IDEA Committee, received state and federal approval for a Mechatronics Technician registered apprenticeship program, making it the third registered apprenticeship occupation after Industrial Maintenance Electrician (IME) and Industrial Mechanic (IM). Both the IME and IM programs received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship in May 2021. To date, InTech has registered over 100 apprentices in 3.5 years, and apprentices who achieve journey-level status have an average annual wage of about $76,000 per year.
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- Chaffey received $500,000 from The James Irvine Foundation to serve as the backbone organization for a regional project, where local organizations in the Inland Empire worked together to identify a way to increase pre/apprenticeship opportunities to youth who have experienced barriers. The pilot project launched in October 2021, with the goal to contract two Apprenticeship Systems Navigators who will conduct outreach to high schools and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth providers.
- On December 17, 2021, the InTech Center was awarded a two-year contract for $881,000 from California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP). The purpose of these ETP funds is to provide workforce development training to qualifying companies to support job creation and retention.
Learn more about how ETP funding benefits employers
- The Chaffey College InTech Center’s Employee Training Program provided nearly a hundred different training courses to upskill the teams of regional employers. Two examples are the following:
- BBraun Medical Inc. The InTech team delivered 288 hours of industrial maintenance training to BBraun technicians as part of a two-year cohort project that started in 2020. InTech customized the training to meet the company’s needs.
- California Steel Industries contracted with InTech’s employee training program to develop and deliver a welding certification training to a group of its employees. As a first-of-its-kind program, InTech delivered the 720-hour welding training as a full-time, intensive offering in just four-and-a-half months!
- 74 trainees completed entry-level programs with 70% finding full-time employment.
- The Chaffey College InTech Center upskilled 350 logistics and manufacturing industry employees.
- The InTech Center delivered a wide range of services to more than 50 regional employers. Those services included:
- Customized employee training
- Access to a pool of well-trained industrial technician graduates who are job-ready
- Registered apprenticeship programs
- InTech received $5,894,849 in 2021 to continue to offer programs and services to regional employers and the workforce.