2017 Innovation Awards Announced!

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2017

Ann Marie Allen, Senior Director



Growing Inland Achievement Announces Innovation Awards

October 12, 2017 (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) – The 2017 Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) Innovation Awards were announced today. These financial awards will go to organizations committed to making substantial progress in achieving one or more of the GIA educational goals designed to increase degree attainment and economic success throughout the Inland Empire Region of Southern California, which includes San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Growing Inland Achievement is a bi-county, K-20 collaborative comprised of top leaders of K-12 education, higher education, business, and civic sectors who are committed to working together in new ways and aligning resources to achieve the following goals for the region:

  • Align educational policy initiatives regionally via cradle-to-career collective impact model.
  • Increase college preparedness, particularly in math, resulting in a 20% reduction in the number of students requiring remediation at matriculation from high school to college within five
  • Increase baccalaureate, associate, certificate, and credential attainment by 15% across the two counties within five years.
  • Increase the six-year graduation rate by 10% over five years.
  • Improve career preparedness through strengthened partnership with industry to better align education with workforce development needs.

Innovation Award Funding provides $150,000 over two years, while encouraging the contribution of local resources through a 50% matching requirement to promote sustainability and organizational capacity. It is the intention of the Innovation Award to advance promising efforts in the region, while also recognizing the value of garnering additional resources that can be utilized for sustainability over the longer term.

The 2017 GIA Innovation Awardees:

“The GIA Innovation Awards are part of a critical and exciting effort to help more Inland Empire students enroll and succeed in college. This year’s awards will support programs that are national models for promoting college attainment and success, and UCR is proud to be an active partner in this effort.” – Chancellor Kim Wilcox, University of California-Riverside

The GIA Governing Board is comprised of top education and business leaders including San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre, Riverside Community College District Chancellor Michael Burke, Inland Empire Economic Partnership President/CEO Paul Granillo, Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás Morales, Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon, OneFuture Coachella Valley President/CEO Sheila Thornton, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox, and Riverside County Superintendent Judy White.

More information about the GIA Innovation Awardees can be found on our website.

Should you have questions about the selection process, you may contact

Ann Marie Allen, Senior Director, info@inlandempiregia.org, (909) 256-0011.

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