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Project: LAUNCH: Inland Empire Apprenticeship & Work-based Learning


Round 1 Funding (through 12/31/18)
Round 2 Funding (through 12/31/19)
Round 3 Funding (through 12/31/20)
Lead: Charles Henkels,, Norco College
Number of colleges participating: 9
Colleges: Barstow, Chaffey, College of the Desert, Copper Mountain, Crafton Hills, Moreno Valley, Mt. San Jacinto, Norco, San Bernardino Valley

Sector: Advanced Manufacturing

  • Metrics: Enrollment, Earned a Certificate or Degree

Project Description: LAUNCH exists to remove the obstacles faced by education and industry partners using the apprenticeship model and to present a ready-made product that employers and students can engage today. Combining technical assistance and key talent, program and service alignment, shared messaging, broader service reach, and expansive partnerships, LAUNCH gives the region a comprehensive solution that empowers institutions, students, and employers to create dynamic stackable credentialing programs that target skills training, rewards work and learning, and delivers results. 1) Supporting cost-effective methods and strategizing sustainability for seven individual colleges developing and expanding apprenticeship programs among five districts, with expansion strategies for colleges not immediately participating. 2) Targeting immediate industry needs in priority labor sectors (apprenticeships = jobs) 3) Facilitating the alignment of programs supporting apprenticeships in shared industries and occupations. 4) Aligning and simplifying user interfaces so that employers and apprentices experience the same streamlined services and processes across the network. 5) Marketing apprenticeship regionally – providing students with a clear and viable pathway through a career and higher wages, and employers with a clear effective method to develop their existing workforce. 6) Broadening partnerships with regional stakeholders (i.e. high schools, WDBs, etc.) and distributing best practices and sharing resources where appropriate and beneficial.


Status Update

Allocation Year 2017/2018 (AY 17/18)

Total Funded: $785,450

Allocation Year 2018/2019 (AY 18/19)

Total Funded: $720,950

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Charles Henkels
Norco College