San Bernardino Comm. College Dist. Receives Employment Training Contract to Upskill 3,200 Workers

By on October 17, 2018

The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) has announced that they have been approved to retrain more than 3,200 workers throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties thanks to a $1.8 million contract with the State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP). This represents the largest retraining contract in California awarded by the ETP.

Whereas Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College both offer associate degrees and career training certificates, the SBCCD houses a department that works exclusively with local employers. SBCCD’s Economic Development & Corporate Training (EDCT) division administers the state’s ETP contract in the Inland Empire, with job training courses in business communication, computer literacy, manufacturing, technical and logistics skills, and workplace health and safety, and other areas of study.

“The foundation of a strong economy is a strong workforce,” said SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron. “We are ready to roll up our sleeves and partner with local businesses to give their employees the job skills they need to grow and prosper.”

ETP training in the Inland Empire allows a triad partnership for the long-term benefit of the region. The state serves as the funding source, the SBCCD manages the educational opportunities and local employers and their participating employees function as both the beneficiaries and the foundation of an ever-strengthening workforce. To participate in ETP training, companies and their employees must be California-based. Additionally, businesses must pay their participating employees at least their regular salary while attending classes.

“Since we began providing ETP classes in 2009, our team of instructors has served more than 200 businesses in Southern California and provided in-demand job skills to more than 6,300 workers,” said SBCCD Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development Richard Galope.

As part of SBCCD’s success with the ETP program the district plans to use a portion of its $1.8 million ETP contract to expand its statewide impact by sharing best practices and replicating its training model across nine California community colleges.

“Our community colleges play a critical role in supporting job creation, business attraction, retention and expansion,” said EDCT Interim Executive Director Robert Levesque. “That is why we are proud to deliver employer-driven workforce training to help them remain competitive in our global economy.”