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January 22, 2016

Aguilar Visits Colton Employment Center to Highlight Continued Need For Inland Empire Job Training Opportunities

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar toured the Center for Employment Training facility in Colton where he met with students, instructors and administrators. Aguilar, an advocate for expanding job training opportunities in the Inland Empire, toured the campus, visiting the Automotive Program, Welding Fabrication, Green Building Construction Skills (Solar) and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) programs. The center also offers vocational and skills training for students studying CNC/Machinist Technology and Truck Driving.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to tour the Center for Employment Training facility and to see firsthand how these critical programs are preparing Inland Empire residents for the 21st century economy,” said Aguilar. He continued, “It’s so encouraging to see the devotion of the instructors and administrators in seeing their students succeed—we need more programs like this in San Bernardino County.”

Campus Executive Director Eduardo Robles added, “We are grateful for the opportunity to share our campus with U.S. Representative Pete Aguilar and the people in his district. As a Non-Profit Vocational School, the services we offer prepare our graduates for highly skilled employment in their field of training.  We are currently enrolling for all programs and welcome anyone interested in training, to please call 909-478-3818 to arrange a campus visit.”

HVAC Technician and Green Technology student Veronica Sanchez shared her experience at the center. She said, “My aunt is my motivation, she pushes me to do better and that’s why I wanted to do this. I know this is kind of an industry for men, but now I see more women…women are vice presidents of companies and that makes me want to go and do more.”

Expanding job opportunities in the Inland Empire has been Rep. Aguilar’s top priority since taking office last year. Weeks after being sworn-in, he convened regional jobs roundtables, embarked on a jobs tour across the region, released a jobs plan, and last session he introduced three bills to help put residents back to work. His first bill, the On-the-Job Training Tax Credit Act of 2015 would incentivize employers to train and hire more job seekers throughout San Bernardino County.


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