Cerritos College Receives $100K Green Jobs Grant from Southern California Edison
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2010
Media Contact:Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287
NORWALK, Calif. - February 17, 2010 - Cerritos College has received a $100,000 grant from Southern California Edison (SCE) intended to support the college’s green job training programs.
“The funding will help our students receive valuable training in the ever-emerging green jobs, stimulate the economy and save the environment,” said Dr. Linda Lacy, Cerritos College president/superintendent.
The grant is part of SCE’s $1 million Green Jobs Education Initiative which funds sustainable or green education and job training at 10 California community colleges.
"This funding will enhance the innovative programs at Cerritos College and help students gain the valuable skills they must have to compete for jobs in the rapidly developing "green" transportation and energy sectors," said SCE President John R. Fielder.
“We will invest the $100,000 grant from Edison with the California Community College Scholarship Endowment which will allow us to receive an additional $50,000 match from the Bernard Osher Foundation,” said the Cerritos College Foundation Executive Director Steve Richardson. “It will help more students with financial need who are interested in green jobs training.”
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 seven students, each of whom will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
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/.