This Week at CVEP / April 26, 2016

 

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MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
HOW TO START 
A BUSINESS
April 26, 2 p.m.
La Quinta Museum
ARTS, MEDIA, AND ENTERTAINMENT
INDUSTRY COUNCIL
April 26, 3:30 p.m.
CSUSB Palm Desert, Room IW120
EMERGING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS CAREER SHOWCASE
May 7, 8 a.m.
UCR Palm Desert
PANEL DISCUSSION: SURVIVING THE SUMMER SLOWDOWN
May 11, 8 a.m.
UCR Palm Desert
HEALTH INDUSTRY COUNCIL
May 12, 3:30 p.m.
UCR Palm Desert
RENEWABLE ENERGY ROUNDTABLE
May 19, 7:30 a.m.
UCR Palm Desert
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
May 19, 3:30 p.m.
Desert Energy Enterprise Center
BUSINESS START BASICS (Workshop)
May 24, 9:30 a.m.
CVEP Palm Springs
ARTS, MEDIA, AND ENTERTAINMENT
INDUSTRY COUNCIL
May 24, 3:30 p.m.
UCR Palm Desert

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WEEKLY BRIEFING | April 26, 2016

COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS
Shadow Hills Wins ‘Battle’ and Cash Prize for Attaining Highest FAFSA Completion Rate
Front: Shadow Hills High School seniors Maddie Morgan, Kailee Wingrove, and Yesenia Lopez. Back: Principal Marcus Wood, Assistant Principal Gabriel Fajardo, CVEP Workforce Oversight Committee co-chair Tom Davis, Desert Sands Unified School District Superintendent Gary Rutherford, and CVEP VP of Workforce Excellence Sheila Thornton at the FAFSA award ceremony on April 19.

SHADOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL in Indio won CVEP’s sixth annual Battle of the High Schools FAFSA completion competition, with 79 percent of seniors completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The competition, an initiative of the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Readiness, encourage students to complete the FAFSA, which most universities and colleges use to determine eligibility for financial aid. Shadow Hills received $4,000 and the FAFSA Cup as the overall winner. La Familia High School received $1,000 as the winner in the Alternative High School category, with 92 percent completion rate. Desert Mirage High School (68 percent) and Cathedral City High School tied for first place in the Large High School category and were each awarded a $3,000 prize. “FAFSA completion is one our strategic goals and a critical step for students in accessing financial aid,” says Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of workforce excellence. “The hard work of the three school districts over the past few years has resulted in an increase in the FAFSA completion rate from 50 percent in 2013 to 62 percent in 2015, with an aggressive goal to reach 85 percent by 2018.”

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Public Invited to Salton Sea Infrastructure Financing Forum on April 28
RESIDENTS, BUSINESS LEADERS, AND STAKEHOLDERS are invited to attend the Salton Sea Infrastructure Financing Forum on April 28 at 1 p.m. at the Coachella Valley Water District, located at 75525 Hovley Lane in Palm Desert. The town hall will reveal the initial findings of the Benchmark 5 Infrastructure Financing Feasibility Analysis and gather a broad response from attendees about the progress and economic impact of an improved, recreationally focused Salton Sea that secures its wildlife and ecology. For more information, contact Christina Truong at 949-717-6450, e-mail ct@theconcordgroup.com

COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS
CVEP to Host Healthcare Career Showcase
CVEP WILL HOST its fourth annual Emerging Health Professionals Career Showcase on May 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at UCR Palm Desert. The event will expose students to different health professions — including physical therapy, nursing, radiology, medicine, and mental health — and provide information about their respective educational pathways. The event, produced by CVEP’s student-led Emerging Health Professionals, is only health conference for high school students in the area. EHP’s goal is to build a diversified healthcare pipeline that meets the needs of the community by building successful student leaders. Information: 760-340-1575.

INNOVATION
Renewable Energy Roundtable to Discuss Smart Grids on May 19 at UCR Palm Desert
CVEP’s RENEWABLE ENERGY ROUNDTABLE reconvenes May 19 when California ISO Smart Grid Solutions Manager Peter Klauer delivers a statewide overview of our current transmission system and load and discusses the strategy for modernizing the system. This will nicely lead into the next meeting’s discussion about smart grids at the regional level. The free program runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at UCR Palm Desert. Information: 760-340-1575.

COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS
CVHS Health Students Advance to Nationals
CVEP CONGRATULATES Coachella Valley High School’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals team for advancing to the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in June. After placing regionally in the EMT, Public Health, and Public Service Announcement categories, the team returns to nationals, where the school’s Community Awareness team Bravo, Dueñas, Ortega & Vasquez will also compete. The honor reflects the great advances school districts are making toward both college readiness and alignment with employment demand in the region.

COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS
Juan Guizar of DHS is Student of the Month

JUAN GUIZAR, A JUNIOR in the Renewable Energy Academy of Learning (REAL) at Desert Hot Springs High School, is April’s student of the month. Guizar, who is passionate about computer programming and design, volunteered to set up video conferencing software with business partners and Palm Springs Unified School District’s IT department so students can video chat with program partners. He has also mastered the software for the Maker Bot 3D printer and volunteers after school to tutor other students on the technology. He has accumulated more than 60 hours of community service and helped promote REAL at events such as the Career Builders Challenge. Guizar takes dual enrollment courses through College of the Desert, and participated in the Coachella Valley Regional Kid Wind Challenge at Desert Hot Springs High School and the Inland Solar Boat Race in Yucaipa Valley. As a result of his hard work, he is eligible to apply to a four-year university and plans to study electrical or industrial engineering.

INNOVATION
ICYMI: Fox Business Network’s Talk Business 360 Features Palm Springs iHub
CVEP INTERIM CEO and Chief Innovation Officer Joe Wallace spoke to Fox Business Network’s Talk Business 360 about the Palm Springs iHub,Wells Fargo IN2 program, and why Greater Palm Springs is a fine place for innovators to live, work, and thrive. “Our companies have the opportunity to test out their innovations out in a real-world application,” he said of the start-up companies at the iHub and Palm Springs Accelerator Campus. What makes Greater Palm Springs especially attractive to them, he added, is that “We’re within two hours of 25 million people, and that constitutes a giant market. We have the ability to access the infrastructure of L.A. and San Diego without having to live in such a busy place.”

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