The new website helps to connect Inland Empire students with college advising and other critical resources, including technology and basic needs support.Growing Inland...
In a coordinated regional response to Inland Empire student needs, Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) has distributed 14 grants to local programs and nonprofit organizations,...
Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) has reached its fifth year of operation and is now strategizing how to build capacity and scale our regional collective impact for the next...
WE BELIEVE THAT
Change is achievable through broad cross-sector regional coordination.
GIA is a cross-sector intermediary organization focused on improving the economic outlook of the Inland Empire by raising the region’s educational attainment rates.
our challenge & opportunity
The Inland Empire Region
Challenge: The Inland Empire is one of the most populous regions in California, with 4.5 million people, yet its students are less likely to earn college degrees than the average Californian. According to recent data from College Futures Foundation, for every 1,000 high school freshmen in the Inland Empire, only 151 will complete a BA degree. According to Data USA, the result of this is a regional poverty rate of 17.5%, and median household income of $56,087.
Opportunity: The projected workforce demand for Inland students with baccalaureate degrees will outweigh our labor supply by almost 2.3x in the next few years. Increasing the number of students with baccalaureate degrees is the solution. Increased degree attainment will benefit our students and regional businesses by filling the gap in projected bi-county workforce demand while increasing average household income.
GIA REGIONAL GOALS
Align Educational Policy intiatives regionally via a bi-county cradle-to-career collective impact model.
Increase college preparedness, particularly in math, resulting in 20% fewer students requiring remediation at matriculation from high school to college within 5 years.
Increase the number of student completing AA degrees in 3 years, and BA degrees in 6 years by 10% within 5 years.
Completion of Certificates and Degrees
Increase the number of certificates, associates, and bachelor’s degrees by 15% within 5 years.
Improve career readiness through strengthened partnership with industry to better align education and workforce development needs.