The success of the NBCC illustrates CTE Foundation’s approach and philosophy of making smart and innovative investments rooted in economic and educational data to quickly address community needs.
CTE Foundation’s investment model follows a cycle: test (pilot), evaluate, improve and scale. The 2017 pilot of NBCC was deemed highly successful by both industry partners and students, with every boot camp graduate receiving multiple offers from local employers. This success, combined with the tragic firestorm in 2017 which resulted in the loss of thousands of homes, led to us securing a $1,000,000 grant from Tipping Point Community Investment Fund. This grant along with donations from individuals and businesses supported our efforts to scale the program within Sonoma County and beyond into Marin, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.
We continue strengthening this investment model through programs such as the Girls Tinker Academy and Sonoma Corps. Remaining nimble and responsive to emerging needs is a strategic priority, as is leveraging our strong partnerships with both local employers and educational institutions to maximize the impact of our investments.