News and Events

News and Events

Check out our latest happenings at FIELD and the work we are doing in our community through services, community relief and support, along with what is happening in our education programs.

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 some of what they had to say!

Brianna Willis 23ABC takes viewers on a tour of the facility where she talks with some of FIELDs corpsmembers and leadership.

John Cox from also joined FIELD's celebration. Read more about the day in his article "New career training center in southeast Bakersfield welcomes $8M in state money"

BakersfieldNow Eyewitness News reporter Leslie Valle also reports on the day's event.

FIELD Announces $5 Million Partnership with Cadiz Ranch

Our President/CEO David Villarino-González shares how he envisions a day when rural communities can have clean drinking water and when crops can thrive through droughts or wet seasons.
"Cadiz Ranch and the Farmworkers Institute of Education & Leadership Development (FIELD)_ announced Thursday a $5 million partnership to set up an innovative center to train farmworkers on state-of-the-art technology that produces clean water. The ranch has 45,000 acres in the Mojave Desert where it will teach people about water conservation, groundwater management and sustainable agriculture."
Read more at The Fresno Bee Vida en el valle


FIELD's Cesar Chavez Environmental Corps {CCEC} teamed up with Houchin Blood Bank and Kiwanis for a community blood drive. The CCEC rolled up their sleeves and donated. It was the first time for some of our corpsmembers, but everyone's goal was to come together as a community and donate blood.

Cesar Reveles said "I want to help those in need. Who knows I might need it someday. It was my first time and it was fast and easy. I recommend everyone to do it".

Jared Joya said "I'm afraid of needles, but after it was over I realized I was just overthinking. It felt good to know I can help save a life by donating".




To kick off the new year, FIELD's Cooperative Program team has some exciting program advancements to share! With the support of the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Cooperative Program team has embarked on the program's strategic planning process with the participation of FIELD partners and staff from different departments. This process is crucial for identifying the program's 3-year vision, mission, strategy, and program objectives. These sessions will leave FIELD better positioned to define its cooperative development model in light of its programmatic vision and objectives. 
The Cooperative Program has also advanced in the implementation of its research and engagement activities. After reviewing publications and interviewing nearly 30 cooperative development experts, the team has identified 13 key findings that will guide the design of the cooperative program. The team also looks forward to continuing engagement with FIELD program participants and staff. An online survey in English and Spanish was sent out to program participants in March to gather feedback on our Cooperative Program planning. We are also providing opportunities for FIELD staff to participate in focus groups

The Cooperative Program also hosted its Cesar Chavez Cooperative Hybrid Symposium which was held on May 5th and 6th, 2022. During the hybrid symposium, FIELD program participants and staff will had the opportunity to learn more about the worker cooperative experience from worker-owner guest speakers. 



KGET Channel 17 - David Villarino, FIELD's President/CEO talks with Ilyana Capellan about new programs at FIELD and the kickoff to their #GivingTuesday campaign. 

 FIELD President/CEO David Villarino-Gonzalez shares information about EPIC de Cesar Chavez High School enrollments and new locations that have opened up throughout the state. 


  • EPIC ORIENTATIONS - July 11th through Aug 12th
  • EPIC High School First Day of Classes - August 24, 2022

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