U.S. Congressional Representative Norma Torres and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond Accompany Secretary Cardona on Tour of Fontana Training Facility
On March 29, graduates of the Chaffey College InTech Center shared their success stories during a tour and roundtable discussion at the Fontana, CA training facility with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Rep. Norma Torres and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
During the roundtable discussion, Secretary Cardona said, “Yours are the stories of the American people that we want to lift up.” He added, “Vice President (Kamala) Harris called this (InTech) a model for this country, and I can see why,” Cardona said. “This is economic development and community development at its best.”
Superintendent Thurmond said, “The visit to the InTech Center placed a national spotlight on a great treasure we have here in Southern California. The center has a tremendous impact on our local workforce by providing our residents with a life changing career technical education.”
Sandra Sisco, Director, Economic Development & Intech Center said, “We were thrilled to host Secretary Cardona, Representative Torres and Superintendent Thurmond at InTech, which is the first public-private partnership in the California Community College System. We appreciate their recognition of our efforts to develop the training programs that accelerate the careers and prosperity of our students and employed workers. Our success is based on working closely with our industry partners to help create a consistent pipeline of well-trained candidates who meet employers’ skill standards. Right now, it is more critical than ever that we respond to the needs of employers.”
About U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
Dr. Miguel A. Cardona was sworn in as the 12th Secretary of Education on March 2nd, 2021.
Secretary Cardona previously served as the Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, a position he held after being appointed by Governor Ned Lamont in August 2019. In this position, he faced the unprecedented challenge of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and led the safe school reopening efforts in Connecticut. To do so, Secretary Cardona and his Department provided school districts with the balance of guidance, local autonomy, and oversight needed to ensure equitable and meaningful educational opportunities for students while also prioritizing public health mitigation measures. Secretary Cardona and the State of Connecticut focused on equity by arranging for student access to technology to support remote learning, helping the state become the first in the nation to provide learning devices to fulfill the identified need for all students. Recognizing the increased importance of providing resources for the social-emotional health of students and staff, Secretary Cardona and his team collaborated with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and other stakeholders to provide free social and emotional learning courses. Read Secretary Cardona’s full bio.