Cerritos College Receives Second Installment of Green Jobs Grant from Edison International
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2011
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NORWALK, Calif. - January 13, 2010 - Cerritos College has received the second installment of Edison International's Green Jobs Initiative Grant in the amount of $100,000. The grant will provide scholarship support for students pursuing green job programs at Cerritos College.
"Edison's generous support will provide financial assistance to students in need who seek careers in ever-emerging green technology fields," said Dr. Linda Lacy, Cerritos College president/superintendent.
The grant is part of Edison International's $1 million Green Jobs Education Initiative which funds sustainable or green education and job training at 10 California community colleges.
"This initiative provides a vehicle for us to create a vibrant 21st century workforce as we engage our communities and work together to address strategic needs. The grants enhance education programs, support environmental efforts and skilled-employee training," said Theodore F. Craver Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Edison International. "The Green Jobs Education Initiative also has the additional advantage of giving an economic boost to community colleges across the state coping with pressing financial needs."
The college invested the first $100,000 installment from Edison with the California Community College Scholarship Endowment which allowed the college to receive an additional $50,000 match from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The second installment will also be invested with the Scholarship Endowment to receive a second match of $50,000 from the Bernard Osher Foundation, resulting in an endowment of $300,000 for green job scholarships.
The scholarship will be distributed beginning 2011 in the areas of green degree and certificate programs. The grant will provide scholarships for a minimum of 15 students with a scholarship award of $1,000 each.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.