access to the internet,” said Alex Perez, Executive Director of the West Hills Community College Foundation. “West Hills has tried to provide laptops and hotspots
to as many students as we can, but we need the help of donors like Chevron to
meet the need in our district. Their gift will help students attend classes online
and finish their degrees.”The $75,000 will help to support students as they face continuing challenges in the face of the global pandemic and ensure that they have access to their online classes. Chevron is a long-time supporter of West Hills and has supported programs ranging from robotics competitions to a science camp for elementary school students.
West Hills College Lemoore has been focusing on food insecurities, especially
during these very difficult times. Thanks to the generosity of Leprino, who donated
$15,000, West Hills has been able to continue fight against student hunger.
Students in need are identified in coordination with the financial aid office. “We
saw an increase in need during the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 virus,”
said Perez, “and although some students were eligible for federal grants under
the CARES program, not all students received those resources.”
The funds provided by Leprino were especially important as they allowed West Hills to provide food resources to over 60 students during the spring semester. Students received boxes of produce through our partnership with Sandoval Produce, which were safely delivered to their homes. Each student received 2 such deliveries over a four week period. WHCL plans to continue to continue to provide these healthy food
deliveries to students in need this fall. This program would not be possible if it weren’t for Leprino’s donation.
This apprenticeship opportunity combines coursework in early childhood education and on the job training. Students who apply, complete the interview process and are accepted into the apprentice program will begin courses, online starting August 2021.
These courses are no cost to the student! These courses will help students qualify for an assistant teacher permit. As students continue in the program, West Hills College Coalinga will assist apprentices obtain their assistant teacher permit, develop a resume, help with interview prep and assist with future job placement.
Benefits of this program include:
- Gain 21 units in early child education at zero tuition cost
- Fully online courses
- One-on-one education support and mentoring
- Teaching permit workshop in early Fall 2021
- Resume and interview workshops in late Fall 2021
- Employment placement assistance starting December 2021
- Apprenticeship Completion Certificate awarded
- Continued education pathway support if desired
If you have any questions, or need any assistance, please reach out to Nickolas Trujillo, Director of Apprenticeships, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 934-2707. The application period for this program will run from March 22nd to April 23rd with interviews for potential apprentices to be scheduled in May so ensure your contact information is valid and correct!