VVC Foundation’s construction career program boosted by $50K donation

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By Staff reports

Posted Apr 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Updated Apr 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The Victor Valley College Foundation will launch a Construction Career Readiness Program, expected ready by the summer, to provide nearly two dozen high school students with post-education options.

The program is meant to offer a base for those who seek to pursue a career in construction, as well as a path toward securing sought-after certifications in Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC), electrical or plumbing.

The VVC Foundation this week announced it had received a $50,000 donation toward the program’s efforts from Frontier Communities, a major regional home builder.

In a statement, VVC Superintendent Roger Wagner said the money “will allow us to reach into the high schools to provide local students with new skills that are necessary for securing good jobs in the building trades.”

Specifically, the donation will be used to pay the tuition of students, who will each receive a tool kit with various construction tools for use on future jobs.

Successful students who graduate from the program with a grade of “C” or better will earn a $500 scholarship for further advancement in programs offering industry-recognized certifications as an HVAC Technician, or in Plumbing or Electrical.

Wagner was particularly appreciative of Frontier’s chief executive, Jimmy Previti, as a long-time VVC contributor.

“Like Frontier Communities, I was born and raised in the Inland Empire, so it’s especially satisfying for me to be giving back to our local community,” Previti said in a statement, “by supporting the next generation of tradesmen and tradeswomen who will be building the neighborhoods and businesses of the future.”

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