ACE Graduation, February 2017
NORCO COLLEGE’S ACE PROGRAM RECEIVES $50K GIFT
The Accelerated Certificate & Employment (ACE) program at Norco College received a $50k gift from the Golden State Environmental Justice Alliance. The private gift will provide funding for program related expenses, including student support services, supplies, and instructional equipment. It will also help cover scholarships for the cost of tuition, fees, transportation and other costs directly related to ACE training.
“I am thrilled by the generosity and support shown by the GSEJA Board,” said Jesse Lopez, director of the CTE ACE program. “The funds allocated to Norco College will further support low-income residents who wish to pursue high-demand training in our program. These scholarships will allow us to serve even more residents in our community.”
The ACE program was established in 2015 and provides students an accelerated pathway to a technical certificate, leading to careers with average wages exceeding $20 per hour. Industrial Automation, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate and associate degree which prepares students for the rapidly growing supply chain and automated warehouse industry, was selected due to high job placement outcomes. The full-time ACE program allows students to finish over 700 hours of hands-on training in less than seven months. ACE has served over 100 residents, 100% of whom have landed jobs in a technical field. ACE graduates are earning wages ranging from $18-$34 per hour six months after graduation.
“The Golden State Environmental Justice Alliance is excited to give to the ACE program. We are committed to supporting programs that develop opportunities for low income and unemployed individuals,” said John Lewis, FuturoNow project director. “The ACE program trains students to enter the growing warehouse industry at a living wage and directly connect them to job opportunities.”
In addition to Industrial Automation, ACE also offers training for high-wage job opportunities such as Machine Operators, Facility Maintenance, and Business Information Workers (BIW). Interested residents can learn more about these certificates by attending an information session. ACE information sessions
take place every Tuesday at 3:30 pm in the Center for Student Success, room 219, through September. Courses begin August 28.