Harder Helps Secure Over $2 Million Federal Investment in Central Valley Opportunity Center

August 7, 2019
Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a federal Department of Education Investment of $443,308 to allow the Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC) to provide farmworkers with High School Equivalency Diplomas (HSEDs). This is the first annual installment of a five-year grant through the Department’s High School Equivalency Program. The CVOC will provide 100 commuter farmworkers with the education necessary to earn an HSED each year.

“Everyone in the Central Valley benefits from increased educational opportunities – including our farmworkers who work hard and deserve a chance to get a good education,” said Rep. Harder, a member of the Education and Labor Committee. “I was happy to go to bat for the great work of the Central Valley Opportunity Center and look forward to continuing my work securing investments for local education.”

“Completion of a High School Equivalency Diploma has proven to increase confidence, earning power, access to college and employment opportunities,” said Jorge De Nava, Executive Director, Central Valley Opportunity Center. “Due to the continued support of local stakeholders, elected officials and CVOC staff, the Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC) is proud to carry on providing these services for migrant & seasonal farmworkers in the Central Valley of California.”

The CVOC has forty years of experience providing education to workers in their first language. The CVOC will use this investment to provide more educational resources to farmworkers through supportive services and referral to local colleges, as well as service and health agencies.

Rep. Harder pushed the Department of Education to approve the grant after being contacted by CVOC’s Executive Director, Jorge De Nava, in June.

Rep. Harder is a leader in efforts to improve education from the primary to post-secondary levels. Last month, he introduced a package of bills to invest in career and trades education. The package consists of three bills, each of which addresses different needs within the career and trades education space.