Bank of America Awards Sierra College Foundation a $25,000 Grant to Promote Equity and Inclusion in Manufacturing Industries

May 26, 2022

Sierra College Foundation announced that they are the recipient of a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in the amount of $25,000. The grant’s purpose is to encourage enrollment and successful participation among traditionally underrepresented students in Sierra College’s manufacturing programs. Target programs include Advanced Manufacturing, Drafting and Engineering, Mechatronics, Welding, and i3 (Invention and Inclusion Innovation Learning Community).

“With the support of partners like Bank of America, we can build upon Sierra College’s efforts to advance equity and inclusion in manufacturing industries,” said Sonbol Aliabadi, Executive Director of the Sierra College Foundation. “Sometimes specific outreach, field trips, seminars, and other events, help expand students’ horizons and introduce them to new industries.”

“Addressing community needs through our philanthropic investments is just one way we deploy capital to help build a more sustainable community,” said Lori Rianda, Market Executive, Bank of America. “We’re honored to partner with Sierra College Foundation to help advance economic and social progress, in particular for vulnerable populations.”

About Sierra College Foundation

Sierra College Foundation was established as a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) in 1973. In concert with Sierra College and the community it serves, the Foundation commits itself to work toward educational excellence and to assist the implementation of the mission of Sierra College: Student success for all while closing equity and achievement gaps. The programs supported by the Foundation vary widely, and benefit students including former foster youth, veterans, students in crisis, low income, and first in family to attend college, to name a few.

About Sierra College

Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3,200 square miles of Northern California with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four-year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information is at