Business leaders and educators form a long-term partnership to create a training program that prepares youth for jobs in Santa Ana’s growth industries.
In 2007, the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Santa Ana Unified School District to develop a training curriculum that provides students, many of whom were a part of the growing immigrant population in the city, with job training in the six growth sectors of the Santa Ana region, with the long-term goal of narrowing the skills gap between the local workforce and local industries. Now a nonprofit organization, High School Inc. Academies Foundation is training local students in automotive and transportation, engineering and construction, global business, health care, manufacturing and new media sectors. During the 2016-2017 academic year, High School Inc. Academies Foundation provided immigrant students with impactful job training, resulting in a 97.5% graduation rate, 157 secured internships, 460 certifications, 95 scholarships, and 176 business and community professional in-class visits. To learn more about the program read here.
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