Salas Secures $8 Million Investment for New Career Training Center

Local leaders, students, and community members joined in celebrating new state funding


BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) presented the Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) with a novelty check representing the $8 million in direct funding for FIELD’s new career training center to bolster the nonprofit’s programs to train Central Valley residents with the skills they need to get good-paying jobs. Assemblymember Salas was joined by FIELD CEO David Villarino, FIELD students, and local leaders to celebrate this historic investment in local workforce development.

“I am proud to bring $8 million to the Farmworkers Institute of Education and Leadership Development to support high-quality job training opportunities that will boost our local economy and bring new opportunities to our community,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The Central Valley is working to be the leader in fire, solar, construction, and manufacturing industries. These new workforce development projects will provide our students with the skills needed to get a good-paying job and help our families put food on the table.”

“By working closely with Asm. Salas on this initiative, we were able to realize a long-held dream of expanding our offerings,” said FIELD President David Villarino. “This investment by the state will allow FIELD and our students to foster real economic and social prosperity for generations to come.”

FIELD, founded by Farmworker Leader Cesar E Chavez, is part of his ultimate vision to inspire farmworkers and the rural workforce to achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. FIELD carries out this mission through a continuum of education and workforce development programs that assist underserved communities in achieving empowerment, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life. FIELD helps individuals and families overcome educational and societal barriers by equipping them to participate productively in the California economy. Whether it is developing skills to fight devastating wildfires, combating the adverse effects of climate change, or fostering the use of clean energy, FIELD has been improving the quality of life for underserved Californians for the past four decades. FIELD has served over 100,000 people in the Central Valley, and has made major investments in local education and training infrastructure.