Through our investments, we’re fostering partnerships with community colleges. United Way Bay Area launched a SparkPoint center in 2016 at San José-Evergreen Community College District Workforce Institute and has quickly established itself as a leader in Santa Clara County. The SparkPoint center serves as a hub for partners working to address the income gap in Silicon Valley and, through its evidence-based model, offers multiple services under one roof to improve outcomes for participants. The Stride Center has succeeded in establishing a breakthrough relationship with Mission College, co-locating on campus and adding its offerings to the course catalogue.
We’re excited to continue exploring new ways to support financial capability and small business, and pair financial capability with training to help individuals move up the economic ladder.