Perris Breaks Ground on Downtown Perris Skills Training and Job Placement Center
PERRIS, Calif. (January 20, 2023) – The City of Perris officially broke ground on the new Skills Training and Job Placement Center located in downtown Perris on January 19, 2023.
Elected officials, residents, partners and community stakeholders gathered at the site of the new facility to officially launch the project and get construction underway. Those in attendance included Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Perris Mayor Michael M. Vargas, Mayor Pro Tem Marisela Nava, Councilmember Malcolm Corona, and Perris Planning Commission Chairman Dwayne Hammond, representatives from the office of Senator Richard Roth, the office of Assemblymember Corey Jackson, the California Workforce Development Board, the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, Riverside Community College District, Moreno Valley College, and many other community organizations and partners with a vested interest in the project.
The City of Perris received $5.5 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) and $1 million in government funding legislation from H.R. 2471, championed by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) for the Downtown Perris Skills Training and Job Placement Center and can now bring a new opportunity to the community.
“I am very pleased to see the revitalization of this area and what will keep it going will be the success of this project,” said Takano. “Perris is an aspirational community, and with this skills center, people will have better opportunities for education, training courses and employment and this community should be proud of that.”
Perris Mayor Michael M. Vargas was happy to see a long-standing project finally get underway.
“This has been on my list of things to complete for quite some time and it will end up being a beautiful building that will help our residents,” said Vargas. “This facility will be a valuable part of our education system as it pertains to training and job placement, and we look forward to working with our partners to develop our future workforce.”
Mayor Pro Tem Marisela Nava recalls wanting a facility of this caliber even in her adolescent years.
“Growing up in Perris, I would have loved to have had a facility like this one,” said Nava. “Four-year institutions are not for everyone, but to have this skills center in the heart of our city can make training and job placement a reality for all our residents.”
Council Member Malcolm Corona said this will benefit residents at the family level as well.
“Our families in particular will see the positive effects of this center with young people gaining skills for the future, and parents learning new trades for better opportunities,” said Corona. “This project shows the incredible collaboration efforts of our community, and we are blessed to have the support of all our stakeholders who helped drive this project.”
City Manager Clara Miramontes hopes the skills center will be a regional workforce training hub for apprenticeship programs and trade skills.
“This is a huge milestone for our community, and we have overcome many obstacles and challenges to get here,” said Miramontes. “But we hope to be a support system throughout our region and provide residents with trades skills training all the way to job placement.”
The Downtown Perris Skills Training and Job Placement Center is expected to be a 2-story, 13,700 square-foot facility on approximately 3.5 - acres of City-owned properties at the northeast corner of 1st Street and D Street within the Civic land use transect of the Perris Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) area. The facility will consist of a comprehensive Skills Center with equipment and resources that will develop the workforce needed to support a robust economy in the region. By providing local manufacturing companies’ immediate access to a local skilled workforce, these manufacturing companies will be less dependent on distant neighboring workforce.
The Skills Center will include meeting spaces, resources for job placement services and classrooms that will be utilized by non-profits, community colleges and universities for certification or degreed related skills training. Skills training and apprenticeship programs will also be available for displaced workers, veterans, disabled individuals, minorities and females within Perris communities and the region.
Certificates and programs to be offered at the skills center include:
· Aircraft mechanics
· 3-D Printing
· Homeland Security
· Logistics/Supply Chain
· Soft Skills
· Laser Technologies
· Computer programming
· Wood Shop
· Arts & Crafts
· CNC Machining
The Downtown Perris Skills Training and Job Placement Center is slated to be completed in Spring 2024.