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Sep 06

U.S. Department of Labor Blog Highlights Chaffey College InTech Center Apprenticeship Success Story

U.S. Department of LaborAn August 26th blog article by the U.S. Department of Labor titled  Investing in America’s Workers: Q & A with Carlos Morales highlights an inspiring personal success story of  an InTech Center apprenticeship program graduate. In the article, Carlos Morales discusses how he propelled his career from warehouse worker – earning just enough to pay bills – to a thriving apprenticeship with a bright future as industrial electrical technician with California Steel Industries. Carlos met with U. S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh in April during the Secretary’s tour of the InTech Center and shared his experience as an industrial electrician apprentice.

During his tour of the InTech Center, Secretary Walsh said, “The Biden-Harris administration is committed to strengthening America’s economy by bolstering workforce development and by creating equitable career pathways in every industry and community. The InTech Center is a shining example of how public-private partnerships are key to producing a diverse, skilled workforce.”

“Carlos is an inspiration to us all here at the Chaffey College InTech Center,” said InTech’s Sandra Sisco, director, economic development. Sisco added, “Our goal is to leverage our many industry partnerships with companies like California Steel to benefit motivated individuals such as Carlos who are looking for training and apprenticeship opportunities that lead to good paying jobs and career advancement. Our pre-apprenticeship programs are ideal for organizations looking to invest in workforce and economic growth here in the inland Empire. We thank the U.S. Department of Labor and Secretary Walsh for highlighting this inspiring success story, and Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-35th District) for her support of Chaffey College InTech Center and organizing the Secretary’s visit to learn more about how we serve her constituents in the Inland Empire.

“I am continuing my education at the InTech Center while getting hands-on experience as an apprentice at California Steel.  The Apprenticeship Program prepared me to succeed in the workforce.”—Carlos Morales

The Chaffey College Legacy of Industry Responsiveness and Collaboration

  • 25+ Years Employer Engagement & Regional Collaborations
  • 2016 Established Industrial Technical Learning Center (InTech)
    • Public-Private Partnership
    • 33,000 square foot facility
    • $2MM state-of-the-art training equipment
    • Industrial Labs:
      • ARM (Automation, Robotics, Mechatronics)
      • Computer
      • Conventional Machining
      • Industrial Electrical
      • Industrial Mechanical
      • Welding

Learn more about our pre-apprenticeship training programs.

U.S. Department of LaborThe Chaffey College InTech Center: The Industry Standard for Upskilling the Inland Empire’s Workforce

Since the InTech Center’s opening in February 2016, we have served more than 1700 individuals and approximately 150 employers. In the past three years, Chaffey College has leveraged $7 million in funding from various partners including:

  • Arconic Foundation
  • California Community College Chancellor’s Office
  • James Irvine Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • The State of California Employment Training Panel
  • The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Division

About the The U.S. Department of Labor – Secretary Martin J. Walsh

Martin J. Walsh was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of Labor on March 23, 2021. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness, and a proud product of the City of Boston, Secretary Walsh leads the U.S. Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people, and a commitment to creating an economy that works for all. Born and raised in the neighborhood of Dorchester by immigrant parents, Secretary Walsh is driven to ensure our nation’s economy works for everyone. While working full-time as a legislator, he returned to school to earn a degree in Political Science at Boston College.