GIA is pleased to announce a $50,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation to support adults in the Inland Empire returning to school and obtaining a degree or credential. The Bank of America Foundation first partnered with GIA on this work in 2018 when they supported the formation of the Returning Adult Action Network Team (ANT). 

“We know that twenty-five percent of adults in the IE have some college but no degree. An additional 26.9% have no postsecondary education,” said Ann Marie Sakrekoff, COO at GIA. “As these adults seek to support their families while living costs continue to increase, many realize the opportunity for education to open doors to career advancement and greater earnings. We are extremely grateful for our continued partnership with Bank of America to help create opportunities for our adult population.”

GIA and the Returning Adult ANT have identified resources and developed plans to support the unique needs of adult students. Bank of America grant funds will be utilized for outreach campaigns to adults with the intent to enroll in postsecondary education and one-on-one coaching to provide financial, logistical, social, and emotional support for adults starting or continuing their education.

If you are interested in partnering with GIA on these efforts please contact Ida Hermosillo, Director of Network Engagement, at ida@inlandempiregia.org.

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