Assemblymember Salas Presents MAOF with $1.3 Million for Local Skill Center

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation receives direct funding in the 2021-2022 state budget

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Assemblymember Salas Presents MAOF with $1.3 Million for Local Skill Center

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) presented the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) with a novelty check representing the $1.3 million in direct funding for their skill center in Bakersfield, secured in the 2021-2022 state budget. Assemblymember Salas was joined by Magda Menendez, Administrator for MAOF, local students and community members to celebrate the historic investment in this local program.

“I am thrilled to have secured $1.3 million to expand the important training programs at the MAOF skill center, which will provide new pathways to good-paying, local jobs,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The historic state budget brings $44.4 million in investment to the Central Valley to prepare us for the future and help us build back stronger after this challenging year. In addition to the MAOF skill center, we will be constructing new clean water wells, building bridges for kids to walk safely to school, fixing our roads, expanding high speed internet, increasing local healthcare professionals, and more. I look forward to seeing the success of these important programs and the meaningful impact they will have on our community.”

MAOF is a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged persons and provides affordable, high-quality training and education courses for high-demand occupations in Kern County. Due to a drop in referrals from the Employer’s Training Resource (ETR) since 2014, MAOF has struggled to fund its important educational opportunities.

“MAOF is thrilled at the opportunity to expand our services with this new funding,” said Magda Menendez, Administrator for MAOF. “Preparing our residents, particularly those from marginalized communities, for jobs in high demand occupations is vital for the future of Kern County and the Central Valley. We appreciate Assemblymember Salas’ work securing this funding and bringing it to the community.”

This new funding will support ongoing educational courses, work experience programs and vocational training at the MAOF Skill Center in the City of Bakersfield. Vocational training and work experience programs play an important role in providing pathways to increased wages and more job opportunities. This funding will support the continued work of the MAOF Skill Center-Bakersfield to meet the critical workforce training needs of the people of Kern County.