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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Alcoa Foundation grants $30,000 to the Alliance for Education

Alliance_for_Education AlcoaAlcoa Foundation has announced a $30,000 grant to The Alliance for Education, San Bernardino County’s premier partnership between businesses and education communities working to foster Science Technology Education Math (STEM) learning both in and out of the classroom in all age groups. The Alliance is focused on supporting strategic work in three areas: education, family involvement and economic and workforce development.

Alcoa Foundation made the announcement after Alcoa announced today that it had completed the acquisition of Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet engine components with facilities in the Sheffield area. The company closed the transaction, which was announced on June 26, 2014, after receiving all of the required global regulatory approvals and arranging financing for the deal.

“Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to supporting STEM education is key in changing the future for our students and communities,” said Debra Mustain, Interim Director, The Alliance for Education. “We welcome their partnership and look forward to sharing exciting learning experiences in the field including opportunities to explore STEM careers and educational options beyond high school.”

The funds will support The Alliance for Education’s continued effort to increase interest in STEM by engaging diverse and under-represented populations in rigorous real-world academics and educational events. At least 2,500 students from 10 schools will increase their knowledge about postsecondary and career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

“Alcoa Foundation focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in STEM studies,” said Scott Hudson, Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach, Alcoa Foundation. “We believe this partnership with The Alliance for Education will help foster future leaders in California.”

Alcoa Foundation was established six decades ago to extend Alcoa’s values to benefit the communities where it operates. Since 2000, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $10.3 million in Southern California, partnering with nonprofit organizations to address community development needs and advance Alcoa’s core priorities around environment and education.

Cradle to Career Task Force begins making an impact

20141105-C2C-TaskForceMtg20Working collectively to improve high school graduation, and college and career readiness for San Bernardino County’s students was the impetus for the Nov. 5 kick-off meeting of the Cradle to Career Task Force, a group of approximately 50 educational stakeholders representing all cross sections of the community who gathered at the Roy C Hill Education Center.

Task Force members are working to identify evidence-based strategies and metrics to achieve success indicators across the grade spans of the Cradle to Career Roadmap.

The Cradle to Career Roadmap identifies key milestones in a child’s academic/career and personal/social readiness, encouraging partnerships with all sectors of the community to support the goal of meeting the educational needs of all students from cradle to career.

The Roadmap was adopted on October 10, 2013 and solidified a significant milestone for Collective Impact efforts in San Bernardino County.

“It’s exciting to see this work coming to fruition through collective, community action—or a Collective Impact approach,” said County Superintendent Gary Thomas. Superintendent Thomas and Tomas Morales, president of Cal State University San Bernardino chaired the Education Element Group of the Countywide Vision that initially engaged a group of community members—including early education, higher education, government, business, labor, faith and community-based organizations, along with parents and families—in the development of the Cradle to Career Roadmap.

“Academic readiness is a necessary condition for college success and is multi-dimensional,” said President Morales in his welcome. “Your work as task force member will look at some of the research and proven practices that can continue to move the marker in an upward direction for our students and our region.”

Guest speakers from medical, engineering field needed for career day

cjcccareerdaySlover Mt. High School in Bloomington is looking for guest speakers in the medical and engineering fields for career day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Guest speakers will be asked to share information about how they were able to become employed, what kind of skills and training students need, what opportunities are available in the field and what they like about their job.

Presentations will take place in the Slover Mt. High School classrooms. Presenters are encouraged to bring eye-catching displays and promotional handouts.

Lunch will be provided to all presenters.

Email to if you are interested in participating. Questions? Call Melissa Dix at (909) 793-3115 ext. 315.

Career Day is being presented by the Colton Joint Unified School District’s Community Cabinet. For more information, visit



Launch Initiative moves to improve economy in Inland Empire

ieepThe Inland Empire Economic Partnership is bringing together local business, government agencies, schools, housing advocates, public health and human service experts as part of “Launch Initiative” an effort to improve education and the economy in the Inland Empire.

According to this article in The Sun newspaper, Mike Gallo, IEEP Board member and president and CEO of Kelly Space and Technology in San Bernardino said the program will help provide “stable housing for impoverished families, and connect them with their own life coach, which would be a mentor to provide them with goals, timelines and accountability, and guide them through the process of becoming self-sustaining and successful members of the community.”

The Sun quotes Gallo saying Launch Initiative will start with a pilot program of 100 families and 40 life coaches.

This effort is a good proposal that will address job training for adults who have aged out of the traditional educational system and has the promise of complementing the Countywide Vision’s Cradle to Career goal.

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