College Corps program slated for Fall 2022
Irvine, Calif.- Irvine Valley College (IVC) has been selected to participate in the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program. IVC joins a local consortium with Concordia University Irvine and Vanguard University who were selected as part of 45 new partner colleges and universities, including 18 community colleges to launch the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history.
Announced Tuesday, the Californians For All College Corps program will start in Fall 2022 with 6,500 students deployed to part-time work in areas in need, such as K-12 education disparities, climate change, and food insecurity. In exchange for completing 450 hours of service, each student can receive up to $10,000 per year, which includes a $7,000 stipend (living allowance), plus a $3,000 education award. This program, for the first time, specifically creates state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities.
"California is a world leader in both higher education and service," Governor Gavin Newsom said in announcing the program. "The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps advances these priorities by connecting Californians of different backgrounds with enriching service opportunities throughout the state while making college more affordable for our state's future leaders."
Privileged to participate
"IVC is honored to be part of this innovative program that brings together Concordia University Irvine to serve as the lead partner of the three-school College-Corps consortium. In coming together, Concordia University Irvine, Vanguard University and IVC have committed to placing at least 200 students per year in service opportunities in Orange County during the next two academic years, working with local school districts and nonprofit organizations. The consortium's initial grant is two years and valued at $3.85 million," said IVC President Dr. John Hernandez.
"We are truly privileged to participate in a program that aims to help students from diverse backgrounds build leadership skills, graduate from college with less debt, while also creating a service-based program which supports our community," said Hernandez.