BIA Conference Launches Inland Regional Dialogue on Education

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Representatives of the Baldy View Chapter join forces with San Bernardino County superintendent of schools to identify opportunities for collaboration and economic prosperity

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We are all here today to identify ways we can work together to provide better opportunities for students facing graduation in the next 5 to 10 years.

Recognizing that quality education is the cornerstone of any thriving community, the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Baldy View Chapter (BIA) this week continued its regional dialogue with representatives of local school districts and institutions of higher learning, government and industry to discuss opportunities for collaboration to help raise the overall quality of life in the Inland Empire.

The 2017 Education Summit, co-hosted by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, featured a day of prominent speakers addressing everything from the impact of home ownership on education to building new career pathways for students.

“Countless studies draw a clear association between homeownership, education and quality of life in a community,” BIA Baldy View President Ali Sahabi of Optimum Group LLC, said in his opening remarks at the conference. “We are all here today to identify ways we can work together to provide better opportunities for students facing graduation in the next 5 to 10 years.”

The summit, held Thursday at Chaffey College/Chino Community Center in Chino, featured BIA Baldy View Chapter Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Rodriguez; San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Ted Alejandre; Chaffey College District President, D. Henry Shannon, Ph.D.; San Bernardino County Supervisor, Robert Lovingood; Fontana Mayor, Aquanetta Warren; San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency Deputy Executive Officer, Reg Javier; FBI Special Agent in Cyber Security and Education, Bryan Willett; and several other speakers representing educational, professional and social organizations and programs.

“This summit creates a meaningful countywide dialogue to fuel collective impact initiatives that will improve academic achievement and economic prosperity for the region,” Rodriguez said. “Clearly, our future will be determined by the educational opportunities afforded to our emerging workforce. Construction is a critical component of that emerging workforce."

BIA is pleased to announce that in 2017 Upland Unified School District and Chaffey Joint High School District will start first-year students on a career pathway into the homebuilding industry through BITA (Building Industry Technology Academy). BITA is a four-year high school construction trades training program aimed at producing skilled professionals who will be qualified and confident to enter the workforce.

ABOUT BIA BALDY VIEW CHAPTER
The mission of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Baldy View Chapter is to promote, advocate for and grow the homebuilding industry through member representation and community education at the local level. In addition, the Baldy View Chapter maintains a presence and influence on industry-related issues at regional, state and national levels. Visit http://www.BIAbuild.com.

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