Assemblymember James Ramos secures $1M in state funding for Inland Empire residents

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Aug 30, 2021


Low Income Inland Empire

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Assemblymember James Ramos was vital to securing a $1 Million grant for a job training program. The program will impart property management and maintenance services to low-income Inland Empire residents.

The funding will launch CORE Academy – a workforce development initiative and partnership between National CORE and Chaffey College.


National CORE is a non-profit organization that builds affordable housing communities. It enhances neighborhood stability by managing and operating these communities long-term. The organization also provides community services like senior wellness, preschool and afterschool programs, and family financial training.

The funding was allocated to Chaffey College as an implementation partner to support the setting up of CORE Academy. The need for funding National CORE Academy was championed by assemblymember James C. Ramos.

β€œOur state is facing historic challenges resulting from the economic devastation caused by the pandemic,” Especially during times like these, we must create opportunities for everyone in our society to work well-paying jobs without subjecting themselves to a lifetime of debt. Workforce development programs like the CORE Academy are key to creating true economic mobility, and I’m proud to be part of this partnership.”

James Ramos

Trouble finding qualified candidates

The grant by the state assembly will help reduce the skills gap, which is at the heart of a new discussion that will define how the state governments spend training and development dollars. A study by the U.S Chamber of Commerce found that “74% of hiring managers agree that there is a skills gap in the current labor market, with 48% saying that candidates lack the skills needed to fill open jobs“.

The chamber proposed three ways this gap can be plugged:

  1. Increase upskilling initiatives for current employees

2. Strengthen talent pipelines by partnering with education institutes

3. Better align the educational program curricula and the skills needed in the workforce

The latest funding to set up CORE Academy aims to achieve the last of the three methods by the U.S Chamber of Commerce.

Are apprenticeships an answer to the U.S skills-gap woes?

The proposed National CORE Academy is meant to save low-income residents of the Inland Empire from a lifetime debt that college graduates usually assume. In addition, since the industrial and commercial property market is hot in the State of California, an able property maintenance executive can earn median salaries ranging from $35,000 to $70,000, opening opportunities for low-debt economic mobility.

However, enrolling in a college degree program to acquire skills to become a property maintenance executive is a costly equation. That is where programs like National Core Academy will help low-income residents of the Inland Empire ramp up their skills in a short time.

The AB132 Bill reveals that the state assembly is funding other notable initiatives. These include new funding for InTech Center at Chaffey College and Bakersfield College. We will soon cover the number and nature of grants for the Inland Empire currently funded by the state and the federal government.


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