Inland Empire Trade Tech Center (IETTC)
Government and private sector leaders across the Inland Empire (IE) agree that local availability of an educated and skilled workforce is critical for competitiveness in the global economy. While the IE has a rich variety of traditional postsecondary institutions offering certificate and degree programs, there are only a handful of technical training centers. Given the need for additional local technical training capacity to support the region's residents and employers, Riverside Community College District is seeking resources for the establishment of the Inland Empire Technical Trade Center (IETTC). The IETTC is a response to the urgent need for good jobs for the region's residents, diversification of the regional economy, and for a locally available educated and skilled workforce for the region's current and future employers in a region expected to grow to seven million residents within 30 years. This Center, when finished, will provide residents with access to training utilizing an “earning while learning" approach combining relevant work-based learning experiences with industry-standard technical training, moving residents from poverty to self-sufficiency.