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February 9, 2018

City of Moreno Valley Honored
for its Support of the College's Promise Initiative


The City of Moreno Valley announced today it has been named the 2018 Programs Award of Excellence recipient by the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) for its innovative program to encourage residents to attend college by providing financial incentives and helping students find jobs by providing stipends to businesses who hire recent Moreno Valley college graduates.

MVC graduates

The City of Moreno Valley will be honored on March 16 at the Celebrating Success Awards as part of CALED's 38th annual training conference.

In an effort to encourage more residents to pursue a college education and create a more educated workforce, the City of Moreno Valley partnered with Moreno Valley College to expand its Promise Initiative Program.

"The City's support of the Promise Initiative is a great example how municipalities and higher education institutions can work together in order to create a stronger, better educated community," Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, said. "Needless to say, the City's commitment to the Promise Initiative was paramount in the College being able to assist students from the local school districts to become college to students. To graduate from college. To, ultimately, becoming leaders in their own community."

The Promise initiative was created as a way to fund the first year of community college for first-time students. The program covers the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks. The City agreed to match the College's efforts, pledging $50,000 to pay for the second year of college for Moreno Valley residents.

"Our young people are the future of our City," Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said. "By partnering with Moreno Valley College on the Promise Initiative and Hire MoVal, we are not only eliminating the barriers to a college degree, we are investing in our most valuable asset – our youth."

In addition to financial assistance, the program offers priority registration, class planning, and an assigned success coach to guide students through the educational process. Priority is given to graduates from high schools within Moreno Valley Unified and Val Verde unified school districts.

In the first year of the program, the Moreno Valley Promise initiative funded more than 500 students. The program increased educational attainment, a vital metric used by economic developers and expanding businesses. Additional details about the Promise Initiative can be found at

The City Hire MoVal program was also cited by CALED. This program encourages local businesses to hire recent graduates by providing up to $5,000 in incentives. Businesses interested in hiring Moreno Valley graduates should call the City of Moreno Valley at (951) 413-3475 or email for more information on City's Hire MoVal program.