Today, OneFuture Coachella Valley, the valley’s three K-12 school districts, local colleges, nonprofits, cities and business community, provide students with meaningful career explorations, work experience, and scholarships, as well as other college success support. The key to this approach is involvement from our region’s employers, ensuring student preparation is aligned with local workforce needs.
Since 2009, OneFuture Coachella Valley and its nonprofit partners have awarded more than $16 million in scholarships to 2,600 students from the Coachella Valley.
With a diverse and experienced leadership staff, and an energized board of directors, OneFuture Coachella Valley is poised to pursue a variety of new opportunities across the region, working with new industries and expanding our scholarship program, as well as adopting and aligning with national models on the cutting edge of innovative workforce development.
The programs and successes continued to grow, and in 2017 OneFuture Coachella Valley was established as a stand-alone 501(c)(3) to continue this important work.
As our student population and services expanded, CVEP continued to support programs that created a cycle of success for high school students and Coachella Valley businesses. The efforts paid off when in 2012 a Regional Plan for College and Career Success was created. The Regional Plan partnership lead by OneFuture Coachella Valley and our education, business, and community partners provided a continued Regional Plan collaborative that outlined a five-year framework how business and education would collaborate to achieve goals including: increased high school graduation rates, college and career readiness, training and college completion, and increased higher wage jobs for students.
In 2005, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) launched a career pathways focus to increase educational attainment as a driver of economic development. This program built a connection between local businesses and high school career academies to provide student support systems to create a stronger workforce for local businesses. The program expanded to include a regional college access and scholarship initiative called Pathways to Success.