Category Archives: Workforce

White House Applauds Inland Education Effort

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Dayna Straehley, published in The Press Enterprise on December 4, 2014.)

At Thursday's Summit on College Opportunity, President Barack Obama praises the Riverside County Education Collaborative. Photo Credit: Alex Wong, Getty Images
At Thursday’s Summit on College Opportunity, President Barack Obama praises the Riverside County Education Collaborative. Photo Credit: Alex Wong, Getty Images

Alvord Unified School District’s partnership with San Diego State University to develop more effective school counseling was one of efforts announced, as was Cal State San Bernardino’s action to increase the number of graduates from its College of Natural Sciences by 25 percent in five years.

The county Education Collaborative formed in July after a request from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Young to gather a team, come to Washington and talk about preparing more students to go to college and earn degrees, Young said.

Federal officials asked the county to make commitments in four areas to improve college-going rates, Young said.

Temecula and Murrieta valley unified school districts are working with Mt. San Jacinto College and Cal State San Marcos, which has a Temecula campus. Moreno Valley and Val Verde unified school districts are working with Moreno Valley College and UC Riverside.

Representatives of those schools and colleges have been meeting monthly, and others are joining from other parts of the county, Young said.

“Overall, we’ve been working on increasing our county’s college-going rate,” Young said. The Riverside County Office of Education and schools have worked on many steps and are now targeting four areas with four school districts, he said.

By gathering and sharing data, schools, colleges and communities can focus on their goals and rally community support, the president said. For instance, high school counselors can see how many students have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and focus on the students who have not, Young said.

Alvord Superintendent Sid Salazar said his work at the Day of Action focused on making school counselors more effective at getting low-income, Latino and black students ready for college and empowering them to do their jobs. That work starts before kindergarten, he said.

Identifying and implementing collaborative partnerships like this are evidence of catalyst of innovation in Riverside.  Our leaders are constantly developing inventive approaches to equip our students for college readiness.

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Riverside Ranks No. 6 Nationally in Job Growth

(This article contains excerpts from article written by Debra Gruszecki, published in The Press Enterprise on October 29, 2014)

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The Riverside metropolitan region has turned the corner when it comes to job growth, according to a report from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business in Tempe.

The region ranked No. 6 in the nation for job recovery, ASU research professor Lee McPheters said. “We’re still slowly recovering from the staggering loss of jobs during the Great Recession,” McPheters said, as the metro region of Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario once led the nation for foreclosure and bled thousands of jobs. The Riverside metro region of more than 1 million workers tied with Denver with 2.8 percent job growth over three quarters of 2014. The national economy is growing less than 2 percent, so any job growth that is better than 2 percent is above average, McPheters said.

“Eight of the top large cities for job creation are in the West,” McPheters said. “However, Florida also did well, with two cities on the list.” Orlando took the top spot with job growth of 3.7 percent, double the national pace. Houston ranked No. 2 with 3.5 percent job growth. Metro regions with stronger job growth than Riverside were Portland, Miami and Dallas. Other winners based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics were San Diego and San Francisco.

This ranking is yet another example of Riverside continuing to fuel the intelligent growth of the region.

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UCR Earns Top-10 Ranking in New Social Mobility Index Survey

(This article includes excerpts from the article written by Ross French, published in UCR Today on October 17,2014.)

UC Riverside was ranked eighth in the new Social Mobility Index survey, which rates schools based upon their ability to help students improve their social and economic standing. Photo credit: Ross French
UC Riverside was ranked eighth in the new Social Mobility Index survey, which rates schools based upon their ability to help students improve their social and economic standing. Photo credit: UCR Today.

The University of California, Riverside has been included among the top-10 schools on the new Social Mobility Index (SMI) survey, co-sponsored by CollegeNet and PayScale. The SMI ranking emphasizes economic mobility and the extent that a college or university helps its students with family incomes below the national median improve their social and economic standing.

UCR placed eighth overall among the 539 schools with a SMI ranking of 43.79. UC Davis placed sixth overall with 49.58 points and UC Berkeley was ninth with 43.36 points. The top school in the survey was Montana Tech of the University of Montana. The full rankings can be found on their website.

The survey’s methodology incorporated five weighted variables: published tuition, percent of student body whose families are below the US median income, graduation rate, reported median salary 0-5 years after graduation, and endowment. The survey specifically did not incorporate reputations based upon the opinions of faculty or administrators regarding social or economic mobility, as it would “perpetuate the biases and stereotypes collected in such surveys.”

According to the survey 42.98% of UCR students are considered “low income.” The salary for UCR grads considered “early career employees,” defined as “full-time employees with five years of experience or less in their career or field working in the U.S. who hold a bachelor’s degree and no higher degrees,” is $45,600.

This is the second significant survey in which UCR has received high marks for social mobility, proving once again that Riverside is indeed a Location of Choice. For the last four years, the university has been ranked in the top-10 among national universities in Washington Monthly’s Annual College Ranking Survey, placing second overall in 2013 and 2014.  The Washington Monthly Survey considers civic engagement, research, and social mobility.

The article accompanying the Washington Monthly ranking read, in part:  “The UC campus in Riverside…. stands out as a model for other public universities to follow….. Riverside is unusually focused on social mobility. Since 2006, its enrollment has grown by 25 percent. Half of all freshmen are first-generation college students, and the campus is the most racially and ethnically diverse within the UC system. Riverside’s focus on public service exceeds that of almost every other national university.”

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Lab Equipment to Benefit Bourns College of Engineering

(This article includes excerpts from the article written in Quality Magazine and published on October 17, 2014.)

B&K Precision, which manufactures and sells precision test and measurement instruments worldwide, has outfitted the test benches in an electrical and computer engineering lab at Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside with all new, state-of-the art equipment.

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Victor Tolan, President and CEO of B&K Precision, has a penchant for equipping the engineers of tomorrow with the tools they need today. His company’s generosity will benefit more than 500 students each year at BCOE through the technical hands-on training they will receive as future engineers using the equipment. The precision test and measurement instruments include oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies and digital multimeters. The work stations accommodate two students each, and are designated for circuits and electronics lab exercises as well as activities related to independent student projects.

The Bourns College of Engineering celebrates its 25th year in 2014, and is ranked among the best public engineering colleges of its size in the nation. BCOE engineers provide a source of new ideas, products and technologies to the world while leading interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in education, research and industrial partnerships. BCOE offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees through bioengineering, chemical and environmental engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering departments, and computer engineering and college-wide materials science and engineering programs. The college has more than 2,400 undergraduate students, 620 graduate students, more than $32 million in annual research expenditures and is home to eight interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research centers.

Donations like this increase the visibility of the great work done at UC Riverside to equip our future engineers.  UC Riverside is known for catalyzing innovation in many fields of study and thus promotes the aspirations of Seizing Our Destiny.

For more information on B&K Precision, visit www.bkprecision.com

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Regional Intelligence Report Highlights Positive News for Riverside

(Excerpts from this article were taken from the Beacon Economic Intelligence Report prepared by Beacon Economics and released on September 22, 2014.)

The seventh edition of the Beacon Economics Regional Intelligence Report continues to show positive growth in Riverside’s economy.  Unemployment is declining in the Inland Empire (8.5% as of July 2014) and the city has recovered nearly 9,700 jobs since a low point in March 2010.  There’s been growth in the Leisure and Hospitality sector increasing 7.5% from July 2013 to July 2014.  The new Riverside Convention Center, with 65,000 square feet of meeting space, should increase convention traffic into the City of Riverside, which should bring higher demand for hotel accommodations in and outside of the city.

Photo Credit: Beacon Economic Intelligent Report
Photo Credit: Beacon Economic Intelligent Report

Another area of growth was employment in the Education and Health sector which saw a 25% increase over the last year.  This sector is vital to the City of Riverside’s economy, constituting approximately 18% of total employment in the City.

The report highlights several areas of Seizing Our Destiny’s pillars including intelligent growth and location of choice.  Continuous positive economic numbers are important to gauge our economic recovery.  Reporting this data is also important so Riversiders know the hard work is paying off.

A few other highlights:

  • Taxable sales in the City have risen 11.5% over the past year.
  • Home sales increased 4.9% to 908 homes from the first quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2014.
  • Apartment vacancy rates in the City have fallen to 2.4%, a 25% decrease from a year ago.

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Manufacturing Coach Transforms ‘Vulnerable Yet Viable’ Companies

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Kurt Miller, published in the Press-Enterprise on September 23, 2014.)

Dennis Sonney, of Jurupa Valley, works for a private nonprofit corporation funded largely by the U.S. Department of Commerce to help strengthen manufacturing in the Inland Empire.

Dennis Sonney, manufacturing coach for the Inland Empire.  Photo credit: Kurt Miller
Dennis Sonney, manufacturing coach for the Inland Empire. Photo credit: Kurt Miller

With the title of a manufacturing coach, Sonney works his magic transforming “vulnerable yet viable” companies, he said. “We want them to grow, hire people, pay taxes and stay here.”  Since he arrived nine years ago, Sonney has worked with hundreds of companies that make everything from aerospace and aviation components to cosmetics, paint coating, robots, bats, skateboards and tiny circuit boards. In 2013, Sonney helped create 2,580 jobs at Inland manufacturing businesses, and he takes on 12 new clients a month, from startups to multimillion-dollar giants, he said. Last quarter alone, he worked with 19 manufacturers.

For the past five years, Sonney has worked closely with a Riverside company, Western Hydrostatic, which sells and repairs hydraulic components on large construction machinery.

Dennis Sonney, who works for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting as the Inland Empire coach, at Western Hydrostatic in Riverside, one of the many clients for whom he has helped solve problems, provide training programs and grow their companies.  Photo credit: Kurt Miller
Dennis Sonney, who works for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting as the Inland Empire coach, at Western Hydrostatic in Riverside, one of the many clients for whom he has helped solve problems, provide training programs and grow their companies. Photo credit: Kurt Miller

Founder and CEO Starke Scott praises the customer service training program that Sonney helped set up with state subsidies as invaluable and affordable. In addition, Scott said his company benefited from Sonney’s plans to help them diversify, reduce waste on the shop floor and avail themselves of stronger digital marketing tools. This year, annual sales are expected to exceed $8 million, almost double those in 2009.

Dennis Sonney is a model of intelligent growth in our community.  Manufacturing plays a vital role in the state of our local economy.  Sonney’s efforts not only have a direct effect on local manufacturing companies, his work impacts Riversiders throughout the city.   Riverside embraces economic growth and works everyday to improve our already outstanding quality of life.

“I’m passionate about what I do,” said Sonney. “It’s rewarding to know how I’ve impacted businesses.”

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Inland Teachers Hold Conference To Encourage STEM Education

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Dana Straehley, published in the Press-Enterprise on August 27, 2014.)

Attendees will learn hands-on activities showing connections of science, technology, engineering and mathematics from UC Riverside educator Pamela Clute.

Pamela Clute, UC Riverside mathematics professor and special assistant to the chancellor, demonstrates ways to make mathematics more engaging and relevant. She will lead a conference for teachers about science, technology, engineering and math during the annual Science and Technology Education Partnership Conference.  Photo credit: Press-Enterprise
Pamela Clute, UC Riverside mathematics professor and special assistant to the chancellor, demonstrates ways to make mathematics more engaging and relevant. She will lead a conference for teachers about science, technology, engineering and math during the annual Science and Technology Education Partnership Conference. Photo credit: Press-Enterprise

Registration is open for Inland teachers to attend a conference to inspire their teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The teachers’ conference from 3:15 to 6 p.m. will be part of the annual Science and Technology Education Partnership Conference, which will be Oct. 15 at Bourns Inc., 1200 Columbia Ave., Riverside. The conference was founded by Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, who is honorary chairman, and designed to motivate students with hands-on exhibits to pursue education for STEM careers.

Riverside’s initiative to promote and encourage STEM education is a model of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  STEM education plays a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.  Riverside works around the clock everyday to improve the quality of life for all through intelligent growth.

Pamela Clute, a UCR mathematics professor and assistant vice chancellor, will lead the teachers’ conference, where those attending will do hands-on activities that demonstrate interconnectedness of STEM. Teachers will receive instructional materials, a light dinner and certificates. Reservations are required for the free conference, which is open to teachers who have not attended before.

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Students Score Paid Summer Internships

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Kyle Glaser, published in the Press-Enterprise on July 14, 2014)

From teaching kids’ art classes to working with nonprofit groups, recent high school graduates are earning money and experience.

Some Inland teens have landed cool summer jobs – paid internships that also give them the chance to help their communities.  Riverside residents Saul Gonzalez and Roberto Gutierrez are working with Habitat for Humanity of Riverside, building homes, collecting donations and managing inventory. Riverside residents Margarita Oreta and Christina Chu are interning at the Riverside Art Museum, teaching art classes and helping create exhibitions.

Roberto Gutierrez, left, and Saul Gonzalez are interning Habitat for Humanity through a Bank of America program.  Photo credit: Kurt Miller
Roberto Gutierrez, left, and Saul Gonzalez are interning Habitat for Humanity through a Bank of America program. Photo credit: Kurt Miller

All four earned their internships as part of Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program, which puts recent high school graduates in eight-week paid internships at nonprofit organizations.  The internships go beyond the stereotypical teen summer internship of answering phones or getting coffee. Interns are assigned similar tasks as full-time professionals with the hope their experiences will help them through their college days and into their working years.

This a great representation of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  In the past, high school students and graduates looked forward to the summer to sleep in and spend time with friends.  With the current job market becoming more and more competitive, students are starting to make more efforts toward developing their work experience and not just settling for a summer job at a fast food restaurant.  Riverside promotes an outstanding quality of life for all through intelligent growth.

While the students are getting pay and invaluable experience, they aren’t the only ones benefiting.

“The kids get a lot out of it and then, of course, we get a little bit of extra labor, which always helps,” Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kathy Michalak said. “These kids bring a different twist. Both of us get something really great out of it, which is what makes this work.”

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CBU Aviation Science Program Enters Agreement With ExpressJet Airlines

(This article contains excerpts from an article posted on Calbaptist.edu on March 24, 2014.)

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California Baptist University’s aviation science program has entered into a Pilot Pathway Interview Agreement with ExpressJet Airlines.  The agreement, which is the first to be initiated by CBU, guarantees qualified students an interview and preferential consideration for pilot hiring with ExpressJet, which operates contractually as United Express, Delta Connection and American Eagle.

Photo Credit: expressjet.com
Photo Credit: expressjet.com

“In addition to benefiting current students, this agreement is a significant student recruiting tool,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science. “Students can now see real benefit in attending CBU and majoring in aviation flight.”

The agreement is designed to provide opportunities for future employment at the airline for pilots completing training at CBU and meeting airline qualifications, including the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Multiengine Land and Instrument Airplane ratings, a CFI certificate, First Class Medical Certificate, background checks and letters of recommendation from CBU’s department of aviation science.

CBU’s efforts and commitment to education certainly illustrate the seizing our destiny pillar of intelligent growth.  For students, one of the greatest challenges they meet is finding a career path after graduation.  Providing students with the opportunity of future employment while they are completing their training at Cal Baptist holds great value to aviation science students.   This is just one example of how Cal Baptist University promotes intelligent growth by collaborating to build a stronger community for future Riversiders.

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Riverside Maker of Aerospace Component Soars in New Directions

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Laurie Lucas published in the Press Enterprise on March 07, 2014)

STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER  Henri Rahmon, left, and Iggy Araujo are owners of Accuturn Corporation, a Riverside-based company that makes parts as small as a grain of sand for the aerospace, military, medical, dental and other industries.
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Henri Rahmon, left, and Iggy Araujo are owners of Accuturn Corporation, a Riverside-based company that makes parts as small as a grain of sand for the aerospace, military, medical, dental and other industries.

Accuturn Corporation is a manufacturer of precision components, such as screws and washers, for aerospace, medical, dental, computer and other industries. At the controls since 2006, Iggy Araujo, 59, Henri Rahmon, 47 and a silent partner, have doubled annual sales, branched into the medical, automotive, computer, defense and dental industries and added state-of-the-art machinery that can make screws as small as a grain of sand or as fine as a strand of hair. These miniscule components, manufactured from stainless steel, titanium, gold and other materials, wind up in everything from cameras, tooth implants, orthopedic devices, drone antennas and Boeing cockpit panels to Caterpillar joysticks.

STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER   Parts much smaller than a penny manufactured at Accuturn.
STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Parts much smaller than a penny manufactured at Accuturn.

Business has taken off since the two immigrants bought a Riverside manufacturer of aerospace parts. In fact, like other successful innovation focused businesses in the city of Riverside; Accuturn has outgrown its location at 6510 Box Springs Road and is poised to expand its markets in Europe, South America and Canada. Rahmon said they’re pacing themselves, but expect to keep growing in strong, overseas markets. “We have a good name, low production costs and a quick turnaround,” he said. “And we have Iggy. He IS Accuturn.”

Riverside is a location of choice for people and organizations from all over the world; attracting a dynamic and diverse people as its residents and business owners. To read the full article click here.