Below is a summary of Premiere Career College's accomplishments. For a complete report of all they do for their industry, the community and the chamber, CLICK HERE.
Premiere Career College is the fulfillment of a dream of dedicated educators who for almost four decades have devoted their lives to promoting a sincere, honest, and student-oriented vocational training. Since 1979, Fe Ludovico-Aragon and Enrique Aragon have been involved in allied health education. Their passion for quality vocational training grew when they saw how it drastically improved the quality of students' lives.
Witnessing displaced homemakers, dislocated and injured workers, migrants from underprivileged countries, and young people in general become successful and productive members of society inspired them to pioneer quality vocational training programs. Soon, their vision became a reality. In November 1991, loaded with hope and enthusiasm, Premiere Career College was born. The College officially opened and the first classes started in March, 1992. For more than two decades, it has trained and placed thousands of students from all walks of life into productive occupations.
Premiere Career College is dedicated to helping the community that we have considered home for the last 27 years. We have provided Allied Health Education and have provided a dedicated workforce in the hospital and medical offices within the 30-50 mile radius from our location.
Described below are just some of the community services we have been involved in:
a) Annual Participation and monetary support for medical missions to marginalized communities of Mexico and the Philippines in collaboration with the Far Eastern University Medical Alumni Association headed by Dr. Robinson Baron.
Dr. Robinson Baron is a surgeon in Covina, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area including Citrus Valley Medical Center -lntercommunity Campus and PIH Health Hospital -Whittier. He received his medical degree and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
b) Participation and Monetary support to the community service activities of St. Francis of Rome located at 501 East Foothill Boulevard, Azusa, California 91702
c) Participation in Relay for Life Events in support of the American Cancer Society fund raising programs for groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs and education and prevention information.
d) Participation in the National Marrow Donor Program at City of Hope. Our students volunteer to participate in their Be the Match Registry to find a match for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other lifethreatening blood diseases.
e) Annual contribution to the Irwindale Public Library to assist in providing access to ideas, knowledge and intellectual resources that satisfy educational and recreational needs of the community.
f) Community Outreach activities during the holidays:
a. Singing Christmas carols in the activity room of nearby nursing homes such as:
i. Sunset Manor -12/8/2017
ii. El Monte Convalescent -12/8/2017
iii. Ramona Rehabilitation Center -12/15/2017
iv. Covina Rehabilitation Center -12/15/2017
b. Toys for Tots -48th Assembly District Toy Drive for Baldwin Park-12/18/2017
g) Annual holiday gift giving to our affiliated clinical sites and community partners to show them our gratitude and spread holiday cheers and goodwill on Christmas.
h) Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner for all employees/ families, students/families
1. Premiere Career College is committed to providing information to healthcare employees desiring professional enhancement (licensing, certification, exam reviews, etc.). We
have actively participated in the Annual Health Career Fairs provided by the following healthcare facilities:
a. Kaiser Permanente Hospital (Baldwin Park and Los Angeles)
b. Pomona Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Pomona, CA
c. San Antonio Regional Hospital, Upland, CA
d. Methodist Hospital, Arcadia, CA
e. City of Hope, Duarte, CA
f. Monrovia Memorial Hospital, Monrovia, CA
g. Stead Heart Center, Pomona Valley, CA
h. Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Montclair, CA
i. La Verne Medical Center, La Verne, CA
j. East Valley Medical Clinics, West Covina, CA
k. Presbyterian lntercommunity Hospital, Whittier, CA
I. Citrus Valley Health Partners
3. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY
a) Premiere Career College is an active member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for 22 years and became a Cornerstone Club Member in February 2018.
b) Participated and Table sponsor for the following events:
The Habitat for Humanity Azusa Restore is nearing its 10th year of business within the Irwindale and Azusa districts. The Azusa Restore is a non-profit home improvement store and donation center whose proceeds are used to build homes, communities and hope Iocally and around the world, helping to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Restores are discount stores that sell donated, new and used building materials at a fraction of the normal, retail price. Customers get to enjoy not only affordable prices, but also a large variety of donated goods. With the help of local donations made by generous people - including businesses, homeowners and contractors - we are able to support San Gabriel Valley Habitat for humanity's mission to build and maintain affordable homes for families in our community. Proceeds of every sale go to support the affordable housing mission in San Gabriel Valley.
To date, the Azusa ReStore has been selected four times as an honoree for the Environmental Waste Reduction Award - the most recent of which was October 2017. To this end, the Azusa Restore has diverted up to approximately 500 tons of waste within the lrwindale and Azusa districts. This diversion tactic not only promotes greener business practices, but it also encourages smarter consumption of products within the community. Through the purchase of reusable goods at the Azusa ReStore, not only does the community and environment benefit from a greener shopping culture, but it also benefits through directly contributing to our affordable housing model.
The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate partners with the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce and enjoys the relationship building and exposure that the Chamber provides to our Affiliate. More still, participation in the Irwindale Chamber offers our Azusa Restore the opportunity to expand our donor and customer networks. In Fiscal Year 2017 alone, the Azusa Restore was able to contribute over $300K in proceeds to the affordable housing motel that the San Gabriel Habitat for Humanity Affiliate sustains. This contribution strengthens every dollar that is donated by our generous donors and empowers a spirit of consumer giving within the community.
The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for over 9 years and participates with the Chamber's Non Profit Alliance.
Established in 1991 as the sales and logistics arm of an Asian-based manufacturing partner, Superior Communications has continued to grow its lines of accessories and service offerings. Superior has become a recognized leading provider of both OEM/Brand and ODM accessories in the Americas as well as offering a full line of value added services to support its expanding client and supplier base.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a division of the US Department of Commerce awarded its 2011 National Minority Manufacturer of the Year Award to Superior Communications. The award was presented to Superior in recognition of outstanding achievements in the wireless industry, which include revenue, job creation, domestic economic impact, innovations, strategic partnerships and significant growth.
Superior Communications has always been a company involved in community and national projects including charitable events, environmental activities and volunteerism. The launch of their We Care program is a consolidated effort at Superior to give back. Its focus is on programs that benefit the environment, support benevolence activities and encourage volunteerism. They support and donate to the Irwindale Recreational Center, Lincoln Training Center and Serenity Inc. Foster Care and Adoption and to national organizations such as Nature Conservancy, Red Cross and Feeding America.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY
In past years, Superior Communications has donated to the Irwindale Educational Foundation. They are a sponsor of the Music in the Park. Superior Communications is a long time member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce and continues to be a strong supporter of its programs and services to the business community and overall community.
Amazon Graphics has been in the city of Baldwin Park for the past 25 years. They started in 1989 under a different name. After the recession, they just had one office, but since then they have expanded into four store fronts. They can print anything from business cards to billboards. They offer offset printing, digital printing, large format, promotional items, forms, and screen printing. They have become “Your One Stop Printing Center”. Visit them at www.amazongraphics.net .
Several officers have received awards and recognition throughout the years for their dedicated service to their departments, community and the law enforcement field. Most recently, IPOA member Detective Manny Campos will be honored with the Award of Valor from the California Peace Officer Association in October. This award recognizes exceptional valor beyond the call of duty. Public Safety officers must have exhibited extraordinary courage, decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her own personal safety in an attempt to save or protect human life. In addition, Detective Campos has been nominated to receive the Presidential Medal of Valor. This is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States.
At DoubleTree by Hilton Monrovia-Pasadena Area, we do more than CARE for our guests and team members. For us, it’s about Creating A Rewarding Experience, and providing friendly customer interactions. Everyday, we proactively step outside of our normal responsibilities to assist each and every guest in making their stay extra special and memorable. At our hotel, we are passionate about CARE and strive to create an environment that reflects our values: Real, Attentive, Cheerful, Flexible, Thoughtful, Honest, and most of all, Caring. It is our DoubleTree team member values and attitudes that count-because, when we CARE, it shows, and at the DoubleTree by Hilton, the little things really do mean everything! This is the DoubleTree by Hilton difference. “We provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.”
Our DoubleTree by Hilton Monrovia-Pasadena Area has been in business since 1986, with the conversion in 2007 to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand of hotels. Matthew Goo, our General Manager, has been a part of our hotel for 18 years. Doubletree by Hilton Monrovia-Pasadena Area is a Certificate of Excellence recipient from TripAdvisor and is recognized as GreenLeaders Silver Level for our green practices and ranked #1 hotel in Monrovia. Booking.com has also awarded our hotel the Guest’s Choice awared and ranked our hotel #1 in Monrovia.
Kare Youth League was founded in 1931 and has served well over 40,000 boys and girls since that time. They have built three activity centers for youth in Arcadia, Covina and Upland. A fourth center is being built in Irwindale and is due to be completed in late 2015. Many of Kare Youth League alumni have chosen service occupations like teacher, firefighter, policeman and social worker. Among others, Kare Youth League is very proud of one former member who is currently the Fire Chief for San Bernardino County, another one who was a member of an elite counter-terrorism group in the FBI and another who served as Director of Fact Checking in the White House speech department. On annual surveys, parents give Kare Youth League’s program high ratings for helping their sons and daughters improve in character issues like showing respect, teamwork, honesty, and loyalty.
On August 26, Kare Youth League will be celebrating the opening of Kare Park in Irwindale. This project will provide a beautiful sports park for Irwindale and the surrounding region.
SCE Federal Credit Union (SCE FCU) is currently celebrating its 65th year in business.
A large part of what has contributed to the Credit Union’s longevity and success, along with a steadfast focus on member service and convenience, is our commitment to the communities in which we serve. Here are a just a couple examples of our involvement: We are a sponsor of Kare Youth League of Irwindale. They will be opening a multi-purpose sports complex in August, benefiting the local community through its uniquely designed program. We are also a Gold Plus Sponsor of the American Diabetes’ Association’s Tour De Cure coming to the Santa Fe Dam on June 10th. This is their primary cycling fundraising event geared toward a vision of a life free of diabetes and all its burdens. SCE FCU will have 29 participants and more than two dozen volunteers for this event, raising nearly $6,000 to date. SCE FCU encourages and rewards employees for volunteering their personal time for local charitable causes and community service. In 2016, employees served a total of 636 hours for charitable organizations, including the Credit Union’s own nonprofit, the Center for Financial Empowerment, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, the AVON Walk To End Breast Cancer, KARE Youth League, Baldwin Park Santa Clothes, the San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, Young Life, community cleanup days, and youth education/leadership/mentoring programs. Among other recognition, top volunteers are rewarded with donations to the charity of their choice.