FIELD’S EPIC de Cesar Chavez 2023 Upcoming High School Graduations

FIELD is excited to join with close to 150 graduates across the state this June to celebrate them receiving their well-deserved high school diplomas. Ceremonies will be held at the following times and places: Wednesday, June 14 – IndioCeremony: 6 p.m. Graduates arrive: 4 p.m.City of Coachella Corporate Yard, (Upstairs) 53462 Enterprise Way, Unit 1, Coachella,…
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FIELD Opens Helen Chavez Early Childhood Education Center in Tehachapi

By Christopher Blood FIELD unveiled its brand-new Helen Chavez Early Childhood Education Center in Tehachapi on Wednesday, April 26.  The turnout was excellent and included FIELD leadership, Tehachapi ECE Center teachers and staff, parents and children, elected officials and Chamber of Commerce members.Community members and local children officially opened the Center with the cutting of…
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Meet Vanessa Gutierrez: Director of Student Services for FIELD 

By Kelly Hartog  The Farmworkers Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) prides itself on its free WASC accredited charter high school program — the EPIC de Cesar Chavez High School, which allows adults to earn their high school diplomas. Over the past five years, over 1,000 students have graduated from EPIC. This June, almost 150…
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Meet Andres Lopez: Recycling Director Helps Channel Nex Gen’s Goals to Self Sufficiency 

Recycling Director talks about FIELD’s program designed to improve the environment and the lives of young adults in underserved communities Seventeen years ago, all Andres Lopez knew about recycling was that he could return bottles for five cents a pop. Then, one meeting with an HR person led to him getting a job in conservation…
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FIELD President and CEO David Villarino sits down with Jorge Contreras, Manager of Financing at NFF

Cesar’s goal when he founded FIELD was to inspire California’s rural workforce to gain self-sufficiency through employee-owned enterprises. “When we talk about self-sufficiency, what we’re really talking about is rural communities – immigrant communities – prospering both economically and socially,” says David Villarino-Gonzalez, President and CEO, FIELD. As FIELD works to continues our mission to…
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FIELD Joins in Historic Partnership on Clean Water, Jobs and Economic Development for Desert Tribal, Farmworker Communities 

On January 10, 2023 FIELD announced an historic agreement to form a joint venture with a federally-recognized Native American tribe and a private land owner that will generate water, jobs and economic development in tribal and farmworker communities in California. This collaboration is the first known strategic business partnership between a Native American tribe and…
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FIELD Welcomes $8M in State Funding

Our President/CEO David Villarino-González and the FIELD staff was joined by local government, education and business leaders at our event at the newly acquired S Union Ave CTE Training Center where Assemblyman Rudy Salas presented a novelty check to FIELD’s president and CEO, David Villarino-Gonzalez. Members of the press joined for the event. Check out…
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Meet Dave Weaver: The Chavez Environmental Corps’ Director is Committed to Reclaiming the Environment

Meet Dave Weaver: The Chavez Environmental Corps’ Director is Committed to Reclaiming the Environment

David Weaver brings years of experience in the California Conservation Corps to his job as Director of FIELD’s Environmental Corps job training program. He discusses his department’s mandate to train corpsmembers into restoring the natural environment, especially after wildfires, floods,…