Marvin Cifuentes tried in the past to enroll in college but later had to drop out due to family needs or was blocked by financial obstacles. But Cifuentes is now enrolled at Clovis Community College, and he might be a little glad he waited.
Cifuentes, now 32 and a father of three, ages 6, 10 and 14, is an employee of Amazon, which provides free tuition and book vouchers to students at more than 140 colleges and universities across the country. countries, including Clovis Community, Fresno State, Cal State Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College, through its $1.2 billion Career Choice program.
Amazon employees are eligible to participate in the program after 90 days of employment. Part-time employees can cover half of their tuition and full-time employees receive 100% of their tuition. In addition to college degrees, employees can earn professional certification, high school graduation, and English proficiency.
Cifuentes, who now works in Amazon’s FAT 1 fulfillment center security team, said he was not worried about work-life balance because Amazon was committed to plan their work time to fit their class schedule. He starts with a single course, English, so that he can gradually accelerate his university career.
He had always planned to go to college but had worried about how he could afford it.
“That was one of my fears going back to school, am I going to have to go into debt, take out loans?” he said. “But at the end of the day, like I said, my goal is just to finish my studies. And again, with Amazon providing this opportunity, it definitely relieves a lot of that stress. I mean, maybe later I might have to take loans, but that’s further, maybe pursue a master’s degree or something.
Also in the school zone:
- The Clovis Veterans Memorial District is hosting a military education conference for young “influencers”.
- These companies are recognized for their contributions to education.
- Unions endorse a trustee candidate for Fresno High Area 5.
- Fresno State and Fresno Chaffee Zoo announce partnership.
Missing from the list of university partners is Fresno City College, the region’s oldest and largest community college.
“Career Choice has a rigorous selection process for third-party partner educators,” spokeswoman Natalie Wolfrom explained in an email. “We want to ensure that our employees are ready to succeed for the next stage of their career, so we choose partners who are focused on helping our employees through their training programs, helping them find employment and, overall, providing training that leads to a career. Success. Our schools offer additional services such as career coaching, CV writing and job placement assistance.
Military and Educators Connect at Clovis Conference
Young “influencers” such as teachers, guidance counselors and coaches are invited to the Central Valley Influencers Conference on Saturday, March 12 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St.
The goal of the conference is to bridge the civilian/military divide and provide information on the various educational pathways, including service academy scholarships, that are available through the military.
Although “influencers” are the focus of the March 12 conference, students and their parents are also welcome, said Lorenzo Rios, the district’s CEO. Rios said organizers are planning a follow-up conference that will be designed specifically for students and parents.
All branches of the service academies will be present, including merchant marines making their first appearance in the Valley, Rios said.
Appointments to the service academy go through congressional offices, and the conference is designed to educate the general public about the military options available to students, he said.
The conference is free, but participants are required to register.
Rios said organizers hope the conference will become an annual event.
Fresno Compact salutes the winners of the Business-Education award
Ten companies are recipients of the Fresno Compact Business-Education Partnership Awards for their work with schools and education efforts.
In addition, outgoing Fresno County Schools Superintendent Jim Yovino will receive the Dr. Harold Haak Award for Excellence in Education for building partnerships between business and education.
The 10 companies are:
- Affordable Housing Development Corporation.
- Allen Farms
- Blue Dolphin Design Engineering
- Chevron North America Exploration & Production Co.
- Engineered Industrial Products, Inc.
- Fence line media
- LH Agricultural Service, LLC
- Maiorino family farms
- Mooneyham Physical Therapy
- UCSF Fresno
The Fresno Compact is a partnership of committed business, education, government and community leaders who support K-12 education, workforce development and economic growth in Fresno County.
Winners will be recognized at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 27 at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. To purchase tickets, call (559) 265-3010.
More union endorsements for nominee Levine
Andy Levine, one of four candidates in the April 12 special election for the Fresno High Area 5 trustee seat on the Fresno Unified School Board, is solidifying his support for local unions.
The Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, announced last week that it endorses Levine.
“Professor Levine is a local educator, community leader and a Fresno Unified graduate. His connection to education is genuine and he is both a great leader and listener. Fresno Unified students, parents and workers will be well represented by Andy’s passion and dedication to improving student outcomes. Our Labor Council is proud to approve him as a trustee,” Dillon Savory, executive director of the Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, said in a press release.
Levine, who teaches part-time at Fresno State, has already been endorsed by the Fresno Teachers Association.
The other three candidates are retired teacher Russ Allen, retired firefighter Andrew Fabela and retired parole administrator Daniel Renteria. The special election was scheduled after longtime administrator Carol Mills lost her battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease last July. The winner will serve the remainder of Mills’ term through November 2024.
Fresno State and Fresno Chaffee Zoo sign partnership
Fresno State students will have more internship options at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo thanks to a new partnership the university and the zoo signed on Friday.
Additionally, the two are committed to creating other opportunities to benefit the university, the zoo, and the Fresno community, such as conservation, science, diversity, innovation, and community-building programs. the community ; forums for exchanging technical knowledge between staffs; and cooperative programs “to identify and mitigate issues of access, equity, and social and environmental justice in the Central Valley”.