OneFuture Coachella Valley works to help all students graduate prepared for college, career, and life — expanding and enhancing the local workforce so that our youth and economy thrive.


While our name is new, our work is long-established. This effort launched in 2005 as a career pathways initiative under the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, and expanded to include a regional college access and scholarship initiative in 2009. Our partnership team now administers the selection and awarding of more than $1.4 million per year in scholarships and has been instrumental in creating a regional leadership focus on college and career success across all levels of education, business, and community.

Today, OneFuture Coachella Valley, an Alignment USA community, is advancing the Regional Plan to provide students with meaningful career explorations, work experience, and scholarships, as well as other supports for college success. 

Key to this approach is involvement from our region's employers, which ensures that student preparation is aligned with local workforce needs.

In 2012, seventy-five regional stakeholders came together with support from the Ford Next Generation Learning network to write and adopt the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Success — a five-year framework outlining how business and education will collaborate to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase high school graduation rates
  • Increase college readiness
  • Increase college and higher skills training completion
  • Increase career readiness
  • Increase number of local students with higher wage jobs
 

Get involved

Business and community partners can ignite student success through the following initiatives.
Contact us to learn how you can get involved, or visit the Alignment portal for more information.


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career pathways and academies

Be part of positive change in education, and make a difference in the lives of Coachella Valley students.


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INDUSTRY COUNCILS

Build recruiting relationships with future employees and enjoy reduced training costs and positive publicity within the community.


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work-based learning

Work with local students and help develop the next-generation workforce, leaders, and entrepreneurs.


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scholarships and financial aid

Increase college access and completion for low-income students through financial aid, mentoring, and other supports.

 
 

Our Team

Sheila Thornton President/CEO

Sheila Thornton
President/CEO

Ernie Rios Vice President, College Success

Ernie Rios
Vice President, College Success

Kim McNulty Vice President, Regional Strategy

Kim McNulty
Vice President, Regional Strategy

Beth Allan-Bentley Director of Research

Beth Allan-Bentley
Director of Research

Cristina Gregorio Director of College & Career Success

Cristina Gregorio
Director of College & Career Success

Oscar Fonseca Student Success Coordinator

Oscar Fonseca
Student Success Coordinator

Jacqui Tricco Business & Finance Manager

Jacqui Tricco
Business & Finance Manager

Roula Roe Operations & Development Coordinator

Roula Roe
Operations & Development Coordinator

Anayeli Zavala College & Career Project Coordinator

Anayeli Zavala
College & Career Project Coordinator

Juan Guzman Data Project Coordinator

Juan Guzman
Data Project Coordinator

Luis Rojas Data Analyst

Luis Rojas
Data Analyst

 

Our Board

Pete Del Rio, Chairman

Tom Davis, Treasurer

Keith Jepsen, Secretary 

contact

41-550 Eclectic Street, Suite 200 D
Palm Desert, California 92260
Phone (760) 625-0422
Info@OneFutureCV.org