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Stirling Capital Investments and Prologis Donate Facility to Victor Valley Community College for High Desert Workforce Training Center



Partnership ties into Prologis’ recently launched Community Workforce Initiative to build a pipeline of talent for jobs in logistics

Victorville, CA (May 6, 2019) — Stirling Capital Investments (SCI) and Prologis, Inc., the global leader in logistics real estate, today announced a 10-year agreement with the Victor Valley Community College (VVCC) to create a new High Desert training center at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA). Stirling and Prologis are donating an existing building for a 10-year term and VVCC will facilitate hands-on training programs to better prepare the High Desert workforce in skills needed in business today.

Superintendent-President Daniel Walden, Ph.D of the VVCC, who will be operating the new High Desert Training Center, stated, “We have an opportunity to work with our local manufacturing, transportation and logistics industries, among others, to better understand the skill sets businesses need today and for the future. The goal of the new training center is to be responsive to what will propel the economy of the High Desert region forward.”

“The City of Victorville is pleased to see our relationship with VVCC expanding at SCLA,” said Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia. “We remain excited that our community will have new opportunities and pathways to employment with our growing industries at SCLA.”

Stirling President & CEO Dougall Agan added, “SCLA is home to a number of major manufacturers and employers which provide us with immediate input on what our local businesses need to continue to grow. Qualified, highly skilled employees are always in demand when businesses are relocating to a new region for expansion or planning future investment.

We are excited to help make this new training center a reality.”

To help address labor shortages in the logistics sector, Prologis last fall launched its Community Workforce Initiative (CWI). The program debuted in Los Angeles and as of this writing has expanded to Chicago and Miami.

“CWI is an extension of our commitment to deliver superior customer service while strengthening communities, enhancing local economies and helping our customers address labor needs and expand their talent pipelines,” said Kim Snyder, president of Prologis’ West Region and a key member of the team that developed the program. “Through CWI, Prologis will collaborate with local workforce programs to provide mentorship, skills training, internships and job placement services for people interested in pursuing careers in logistics, distribution and transportation—sectors currently experiencing a significant labor shortage.”

Snyder added, “One of the benefits of having this training center at SCLA is that it helps support our current and future customers by providing an in-place workforce as well as training for additional skills that could be useful in the advancement of their manufacturing procedures.”

“We appreciate the support of business partners such as Stirling and Prologis who are helping attract and train a larger pool of skilled workers,” said San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board Chair Tony Myrell. “Similar to the impact of the InTech Center in Fontana, we expect the High Desert Training Center will be a game changer in providing the training that helps position the Inland Empire’s skilled workforce as a competitive advantage and attracts companies looking to expand in or relocate to Southern California. The County looks forward to helping create the classrooms and hands-on instruction required to build a quality training center that supports the growing skilled labor pool in the High Desert for many years to come.”

Stirling has long supported the County of San Bernardino as a major investor in the area. Stirling’s Vice President, Asset Services & Corporate Relations, Anita Tuckerman, was appointed by Supervisor Robert Lovingood to serve on the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board.

“This High Desert training center will bring accessibility to individuals within the High Desert and surrounding areas to acquire in-demand manufacturing skills to better position them for employment in living-wage and higher-paying positions with growth potential,” First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said. “This center is the result of the active engagement of Victor Valley Community College, San Bernardino County Workforce Development and industry

partners such as Stirling and Prologis, who have partnered to provide a facility that is tailored to the workforce needs of local industry. Our County leadership is committed to building a strong, pro-business region and we are proud to be a partner in the development of this High Desert training center.”

Originally built in the 1970s as part of the former George Air Force Base, SCI has adopted a creative reuse plan for the approximately 66,000 square foot structure, which is now undergoing an extensive remodel and upgrade to accommodate the VVCC training center and other tenants. Stirling Development’s in-house team is overseeing the design and construction process to transform the building into the high-tech facility envisioned by the VVCC.

Stirling Capital Investments has completed more than 4.5 million square feet of Class-A industrial warehouse and distribution facilities at SCLA. Notable global tenants at the project are Newell Brands (the parent company for brands such as Rubbermaid®, Graco ®, Mr. Coffee®, Food Saver®, Yankee Candle® and Sharpie®), Plastipak Packaging, Arden Companies, United Furniture, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, Red Bull, Mission Foods, Sparkletts, General Electric, FedEx and more.


About Stirling Development

Stirling Development is a Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based strategic, full-service, value-added development company specializing in master-planned communities and major land renovations. Stirling is led by partners Dougall Agan and Chris Downey, who have been responsible for more than $3 billion in development activity on large-scale land development projects in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Stirling’s joint venture partner for SCLA is Prologis, Inc., the global leader in logistics real estate. For more information, visit

About Prologis

Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets. As of March 31, 2019, the company owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 772 million square feet (72 million square meters) in 19 countries. Prologis leases modern distribution facilities to a diverse base of approximately 5,100 customers across two major categories: business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment. For more information, visit

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California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Inspires at Inland Empire Education and Workforce Summit



Resilience and Readiness: Navigating Post-Pandemic Challenges at the Inland Empire Education and Workforce Summit

In an effort to address the lingering impacts of the pandemic on education and workforce readiness, the fourth annual Inland Empire Education and Workforce Summit took place at the Ontario Airport Hotel and Conference Center on April 24. This year’s event, organized by Think Together in collaboration with the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, saw a packed house of educators, business leaders, and elected officials.

The summit kicked off with an insightful presentation by Dr. Alex McDonald from Kaiser Permanente, shedding light on the intersection of healthcare, education, and workforce development. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the summit underscored the importance of initiatives that enhance overall community well-being while supporting academic success.

Randy Barth, Founder and CEO of Think Together, set an inspiring tone by introducing Jusbith Aguayo, a student speaker from Eisenhower High School, who shared her personal journey and highlighted the significant impact of educational support programs on students’ lives. Aguayo’s testimony emphasized the transformative power of education and community collaboration in overcoming barriers to success, especially in the face of unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Following Aguayo’s heartfelt speech, Barth led an expert panel comprising leaders from education, workforce development, and healthcare sectors. Dr. Angelo Farooq, Dr. Carol Tsushima, Dr. Scott Price, Dr. Douglas Mack, and Connie Leyva engaged in discussions centered on preparing students for success in the workforce amidst the ongoing challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

A highlight of the summit was the keynote address delivered by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond. Thurmond emphasized the critical importance of equitable access to quality education and stressed the necessity for sustained collaboration among educators, policymakers, and community stakeholders. His address resonated deeply with attendees, underscoring the collective commitment to ensuring the success and prosperity of students across the Inland Empire.

Thurmond capped off the event, commending the efforts to bridge the gap between school-day learning and future success through afterschool programs that expose students to career-ready experiences. He emphasized the importance of investments in apprenticeship programs, paid internships, and workforce readiness initiatives to ensure students are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in the real world.

For more information about Think Together and their impactful programs, visit Additionally, to learn more about the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce and its efforts to support commerce and economic growth, visit

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Unlocking Potential: Fostering Inclusion and Innovation through Entrepreneurial Education at REAL Journey Academies



The REAL Journey Academies Entrepreneur High School Model / Inclusive Education Programming

Inclusive education is a fundamental right for all students.  REAL Journey Academies was founded on this principal. The unique high school programs of Entrepreneur High Schools in Fontana and San Bernardino integrate entrepreneurship and career & technical education (CTE) to offer a unique opportunity to unlock the potential of students and prepare them for success in the constantly evolving century workforce. By providing tailored support, fostering self-confidence, and nurturing entrepreneurial skills, our unique high school program empowers students with IEPs and hidden talents to thrive academically, professionally, and personally.

This white paper explores the values of  our entrepreneurship focused high school program for students with IEPs and hidden talents, highlighting the program’s potential to promote inclusion, boost self-esteem and cultivate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.  The value proposition of our programming, in relationship to inclusive education, include:

  1. Promoting Inclusion:
    • Our entrepreneurship focused program focuses on full inclusion by providing students with diverse learning needs, including those with IEPs and hidden talents, with opportunities to actively participate in hands-on, experiential learning experiences.
    • By embracing diversity and fostering a sense of belonging, the entrepreneurship focused program of REAL Journey Academies empowers all students to realize their full potential and become active members of their communities.
  2. Boosting Self-Esteem:
    • Entrepreneurship focused programming at its core boost self-esteem and confidence by recognizing and celebrating students’ individual strengths, interests, and talents.
    • Through project-based learning and real-world experiences, students in an Entrepreneur High School have the opportunity to showcase their skills, gain recognition for their achievements, and build a positive sense of self-worth.
    • Our program is designed to give students the support and encouragement they need to overcome challenges, set ambitious goals, and pursue pathways to success that align with their unique abilities and aspirations.
  3. Cultivating a Culture of Innovation:
    • Our entrepreneurship focused program cultivates a culture of innovation by encouraging students to think creatively, problem-solve collaboratively, and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
    • By providing students with the tools, resources, and mentorship they need to explore their passions and develop their talents, the unique Entrepreneur High School Program is designed to inspire a lifelong love of learning and skills associated entrepreneurship.
    • Through extensive work-based learning experiences and real-world projects, Entrepreneur High School students have the opportunity to unleash their creativity, tap into their potential, and make meaningful contributions to society.

The REAL Journey Academies’ entrepreneurship focused high school program has immense value for all students, including those with IEPs and hidden talents. By promoting inclusion, boosting self-esteem, and cultivating a culture of innovation, at its foundation our program is designed to empower students to overcome barriers, fulfill their potential, and pursue their dreams. As we strive to build a more equitable and inclusive society, investing in developing entrepreneurial skills in students with diverse learning needs is not only a moral imperative but also a strategic investment in our collective future

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IE Chamber and AmCham Peru Forge Strategic Partnership for Business and Youth Development



Building Global Bridges: IERCC and AmCham Peru Unite for Cross-Continental Business Growth and Youth Empowerment

On December 12, 2023, a landmark event unfolded as the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce (IERCC) took a significant step in expanding its international influence by forging a strategic partnership with The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Peru. In a meeting that symbolized the dawn of a new era in cross-continental collaboration, Eddy Sumar, MBA, CCE, CICE, an esteemed member and Chair of Education and Youth Skills Development at IERCC, presented Mr. Aldo R. Defilippi, the Executive Director of AmCham Peru, with the Certificate of Honorary Global Member.

This partnership marks IERCC’s foray into the Latin American continent, signifying a major stride in its mission to build collaborative networks that facilitate market entry and growth for US and Peruvian companies. IERCC President and CEO Edward Ornelas, Jr. commented on this milestone, stating, “This partnership with AmCham Peru is a significant achievement for IERCC. It represents our dedication to fostering international business relations and our commitment to the growth of businesses in both regions. We are excited to embark on this journey, offering our members unprecedented access to new markets and opportunities.”

The collaboration between IERCC and AmCham Peru is set to open new avenues for businesses in both regions. It will enable members of AmCham Peru to tap into the vast resources and connections that IERCC offers, thereby facilitating smoother market entry and business expansion.

A key focus of the partnership is the development of youth and education programs. During the meeting, Mr. Aldo R. Defilippi was introduced to various initiatives led by IERCC aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow. Further emphasizing this commitment, Mr. Defilippi received a copy of “The Hidden Dreams,” authored by Eddy Sumar, which explores the importance of identifying and pursuing the aspirations of young individuals.

Mr. Ornelas, Jr. further elaborated on the significance of this aspect, stating, “Our focus on youth and education is a testament to our belief that the future of business lies in the hands of the next generation. By aligning with AmCham Peru, we are not just expanding our business network, but also cultivating a fertile ground for young minds to grow, innovate, and lead.”

IERCC’s partnership with AmCham Peru is a forward-thinking move, indicative of its commitment to nurturing a global business community that supports both immediate business interests and long-term developmental goals. This collaboration is set to be a beacon of innovation, growth, and shared success, benefiting businesses and young leaders in both the United States and Peru.

As the Inland Empire business community looks on, the IERCC and AmCham Peru collaboration promises to usher in a new era of international business cooperation, bridging continents and cultures for mutual prosperity.

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