The GIA Innovation Awards support local organizations committed to increasing baccalaureate degree attainment and economic success throughout the Inland Empire Region.  Innovation Award Funding provides up to $150,000 over two years.

We are particularly focused on those efforts that involve more than one educational segment (K-12, community college and higher education) and/or more than one sector (education, business and civic) to improve outcomes for students. We recognize that traditional funding models – in education in particular – often do not provide resources for such collaboration and thus, we are focusing these awards on providing the “glue” resources to support promising partnerships and approaches that align institutions for students’ success.

For more information, please refer to the 2018 GIA Innovation Award Guidelines and the timeline below:


Jan 3               Press Release announcing the 2018 Innovation Awards; GIA Award Guidelines and samples are posted on the website

Feb 16             Proposals are due by 5 p.m.

Feb – Mar      GIA staff may follow up with questions or requests for further information.

Feb 19             Proposals are distributed to the review panel.

Mar 2              Review panel meets, discusses proposals and determines recommendations for the Board’s consideration.

Mar 12            GIA Governing Board considers the review panel’s recommendations and determines the awards to be granted.

For more information, please contact us directly at (909) 256-0011 or


Chaffey College/The Regional InTech Learning Center (

Chaffey College’s InTech Center is currently the largest and most responsive training center in the region where students can obtain the skills they need in today’s workforce environment.

The $150,000 award from Growing Inland Achievement will support the development of a model Conventional Machinist Training (CMT) program that is scalable, sustainable, and replicable.  This program will provide students with the fundamentals of machining and machine repair.  Upon program completion, students will have the needed skills set to find entry-mid level employment as an operator of a lathe, mill, grinder, drill press, etc. in the machining and tooling industry.

This aligns with GIA’s goal to improve career preparedness through strengthened partnership with industry to better align education with workforce development needs.

Chaffey College/The Regional InTech Learning Center Proposal

California State University, San Bernardino/Quant Lab (

Need for remediation in math and English at the college-level is a costly and widespread problem in the United States. It has been estimated that nationally the cost of remedial education is over 1 billion dollars per year
(Saxton & Boylan, 2001). This is a particular problem within California public colleges and universities. Students who require remediation at matriculation are far less likely to earn their degree. If they do remain enrolled, those students on average take longer to complete their degree than those without the need for remediation.

The Department of Mathematics and the Office of Undergraduate Studies at CSUSB was awarded $150,000 to develop and test a lab course, Quant Lab, that will provide co-requisite support to students needing remediation to
succeed in General Education math courses. The new course will be piloted during the 2017-2018 academic year (AY) and within the summer 2018 Coyote First STEP (CFS) summer program for underprepared first year students.

This aligns with two GIA’s goals: (1) Increase college preparedness, particularly in math, resulting in 20% reduction in number of students requiring remediation at matriculation from high school to college within 5 years; and (2) to increase baccalaureate, associate, certificate, and credential attainment by 15% across San Bernardino and Riverside counties within five years.

California State University, San Bernardino/Quant Lab Proposal

Riverside County Office of Education/College and Career Readiness (CCR) Unit (

The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) has a long history of working collaboratively and supporting 23 districts through network activities. Through continuing this work, and with the development of the Riverside County Education Collaborative (RCEC), RCOE is uniquely positioned to build districts’ capacity to lead change at a local level, build awareness of pressing challenges, identify solutions, and to scale up innovative and effective practices to dramatically impact student
achievement across our region and state.

As the lead entity, RCOE has made a strong commitment to this work by creating a College and Career Readiness (CCR) unit which consists of an Executive Director, a Director, and a Coordinator of counseling services. Additional support comes from eight Temporary Management Specialists who are experts at their site in addressing and improving state and national college and career indicators. This level of staffing confirms the commitment RCOE has to ensure all students are college and career ready as well as improve post- secondary enrollment and persistency in Riverside County.

The $150,000 award from GIA will be used over the course of two years to help build capacity of the districts and expand the college and career readiness activities in the Riverside region.  This also aligns with GIA’s goals to increase college preparedness, particularly in math, as well as increase  baccalaureate, associate, certificate, and credential attainment by 15% across San Bernardino and Riverside counties within five years.

Riverside County Office of Education/College and Career Readiness (CCR) Unit Proposal

For more information on these awards, as well as future funding opportunities, please contact us directly at (909) 256-0011 or