California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley

On June 24, 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the formation of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley to improve the economic, social and environmental quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Great Valley Center has assisted the Partnership, using its expertise and knowledge of the region to facilitate several workgroups, organize the Partnership’s first Annual Summit and coordinate the preparation of the 2007 Annual Report.

Valley Legacy Grant

In 2010, the Great Valley Center received a grant to provide digital literacy training as part of a larger Workforce Investment Area (WIA) grant awarded to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. The goal of this grant is to provide instruction in computer technology that leads to work for job seekers or promotions with current employers in the San Joaquin Valley. Three sites were selected in the communities of Pixley, Delano, and Stockton.

At each site WIA eligible clients enrolled in digital literacy programs that covered topics such as accessing the internet, creating and using email accounts and social networking sites, learning various software applications such as Word and Excel, writing a business plan, building a resume, looking for work and submitting job applications on line, setting up and using on line banking and enrolling and participating in distance learning courses to further education and business training. In 2010, a total of four classes graduated from Pixley and Delano.

Watch a video highlighting the work of this grant, including the Great Valley Center as a major partner.