Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Highlights Education Issues on "Back-to-School" Day

August 9, 2016
Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) held a “Back-to-School Day” to meet with Inland Empire students, teachers and school administrators and encourage them to work hard and have a great year. 


“A quality education system is the foundation of a growing, resilient local economy,” said Torres.  “Making sure our kids get a solid education doesn’t just make them better, it benefits our entire community.  With students across the 35th District heading back to the classrooms, I wanted to take today to bring increased attention to the impressive strides our area schools have made and to closely examine the challenges they continue to face.”


Torres began the day by talking to teachers at Lexington Elementary School and Garey High School in Pomona to get their on-the-ground perspective and give them encouragement as they begin the new school year.  She then went to Ontario to learn about the Ontario Montclair School District’s school nutrition program, the most comprehensive student nutrition services feeding program in the state of California.  This was followed by a meeting with the Fontana Unified School District to discuss their plans for the year.  Torres ended the day at the InTech Center at Chaffey College where she was joined by members of her Youth Advisory Committee to examine how Chaffey has used funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to create an industrial and technical training center that works with area employers to provide apprenticeship opportunities and hands-on experience to train students for in-demand jobs.


“In order for our students to succeed and remain competitive in the global economy, we must provide a solid educational foundation that begins in their early years and continues through to college and career training,” continued Torres.  “It was inspiring to meet so many enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, volunteers, employees, and administrators who are working tirelessly to help our young people succeed.  Through their hard work and the innovative services our local schools and colleges are developing, they have laid the groundwork for student success and are building the diverse, dynamic local workforce the Inland Empire economy depends on.”


In addition to today’s events, Rep. Torres will also be hosting a U.S. Service Academy Information Night for area middle and high school students and their parents to learn about the opportunities available and the application process.  Additional information can be found HERE.