Growing Inland Achievement receives $1.29 million to expand work in advancing educational, economic opportunities

Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) has received a $1.29 million grant to expand its efforts to create a more vibrant regional economy by improving educational attainment across San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Specifically, the grant, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be used to create a blueprint for supporting institutional transformation on a greater scale – part of a longer-term strategy by GIA to link the region’s education to its workforce opportunities. ”We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity this funding affords us to build new linkages between the extensive network of individuals and institutions that impact post-secondary success for low-income and students of color in the IE,” said Carlos Ayala, GIA’s chief executive officer. “We’re confident this work not only can have a transformative impact on the Inland Empire, but become a model for other region’s facing similar challenges and opportunities.” The IE represents one of the most robust population and economic corridors in the United States, though historically low educational attainment levels have contributed to a continuous cycle of generational poverty. Research shows that the IE will need at least 121,000 additional college…

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