San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center

Building thriving rural communities together.

Acting as a resource hub, the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC) provides technical assistance for public agencies in small, underserved communities by connecting them to experts who can provide specialized consulting to which they would otherwise not have access. Areas include business services, clean energy, economic development, finance, grant writing, health and human services, housing, nonprofit capacity, planning, project design and construction, trade development, transportation, and water infrastructure.


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 News and Events

5/2/16 Parc Grove Commons Tech Party

 Parc Grove Commons Tech Pary

Fresno State Parent University attended the May 2 Parc Grove Commons Tech Party. The event's purpose was to give residents of the new housing complex an opportunity to access organizations and companies that work in technology. Parent University spoke to residents on the upcoming free Digital Literacy courses available to them.

4/23/16 Spring 2016 Parent University Graduation

 Spring 2016 Fresno State Parent University Student Recognition

Fresno State Parent University hosted their Student Recognition event on April 23. Over 200 from around the San Joaquin Valley attended the event that recognizes graduates from the Fresno State Parent University program. During the semester, the cohort consisted of 171 parents from the following schools and community centers: Fresno State, Huron Middle School, Delhi High School, Reedley High School, Firebaugh Computer Learning Center, Cutler Family Education Center, and Golden Valley Elementary School. 142 out of 171 parents graduated from the Parent University program; 122 Digital Literacy I graduates and 20 English Language I graduates. 

Parent University has provided classes in Digital Literacy, Parenting Skills, and English Language Comprehension since 2013.

Click here to view more pictures from the ceremony.

12/5/15 Firebaugh Community Garden gets a 'Wonderful' clean up

 Parent University staff at Huron Middle School

Above On December 5, 2015, the Firebaugh Community Garden received a make-over with the help from the Wonderful Orchard Company from Bakersfield. Starting at 6:30am, 45 Wonderful Orchard employees and 15 Promotores members donated their time to clean the 3.5 acre community garden. In addition to their time and service, the Wonderful Orchard company donated funds to purchase tools, beverages and food. 

The community garden was made possible through the USDA Grant Farmers Market Promotion Program. Click here to view more pictures.

10/13/15 Rural Farmers Markets

9/1/15 Planting Dreams

 Parent University staff at Huron Middle School

Above Staff attended a celebration and recognition day of Firebaugh's community garden, "Planting Dreams". The day consisted of a community lunch and garden tours. The nearly three acre garden is filled with a variety of crop ranging from corn, tomatoes, melons and more. At a cost of $25 per year, gardeners are allotted three tramlines to grow their product of choice. A majority of products produced play a large role in a participant's source of food.

The community garden was made possible through the USDA Grant Farmers Market Promotion Program. Click here to view more pictures.

8/25/15 Parent University invites new students

 Parent University staff at Huron Middle School

Above Program manager, Eduardo Gonzalez (left) and project assistant and Parent University instructor, John Gonzalez (right) promoted Parent University to prospective parents of Huron Middle School. The program offers parents Digital Literacy, Parenting Skills and English Language Comprehension classes. At the end of the evening, staff procured close to 100 sign-ups.

8/18/15 Fresh start for the school year

 Parent University training

Above SJVRDC hosted training sessions for new Parent University instructors for the upcoming academic year. Instructors will serve school districts and sites throughout the eight-county Valley region and teach parents Digital Literacy, Parenting Skills, and English Language Comprehension. SJVRDC project manager, Eduardo Gonzalez (left) and OCED executive director, Mike Dozier (right) introduced the Parent University Program and OCED's mission to connect, collaborate and advocate.

6/3/15 Parent University Graduation

 Huron Parent University Graduation

Above SJVRDC hosted a graduation ceremony and celebration on June 3 for parents and their families who completed the Parent University Program in Huron. Since its establishment in 2014, Parent University has served over 3,500 parents and 7 school districts in rural communities throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Subjects taught in the program include: Digital Literacy, Computer Repair, Parenting Classes, English I Beginners, and English II Conversational.

4/15/15 Parent University Travels Valley-Wide

 Eduardo Gonzalez

Above Eduardo Gonzalez, program manager, teaches participants from Cutler and Orosi digital literacy as part of Parent University.


 Felipe Perez, David Vazquez

Above Project assistants, Felipe Perez and David Vazquez (far back) assist in the Parent University digital literacy class. 

3/6/15 Westside Neighborhoods Network Coalition

 Mendota Police Chief

Above  Mendota Police Chief, Gregg Andreotii, speaking to a group at the Westside Neighborhoods Network Coalition.

The Westside Neighborhoods Network is a newly formed coalition of stakeholders from westside communities in Fresno County: Biola, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Huron, Kerman, Mendota, San Joaquin, and Tranquility. Community partners and residents will meet once a month to share projects in their communities, to learn best practices and opportunities in community and economic development, and to ultimately grow together as one network of communities. The first two network meetings took place in San Joaquin at Ramirez Restaurant on January 30, and Mendota at Westside Youth Center on March 6. Topics of discussion include recreational sports leagues, farmers markets and community gardens, safe and walkable neighborhoods, and a bilingual local newsletter.

The Westside Neighborhoods Network is facilitated by OCED's San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center and Community and Regional Planning Center. The next meeting will take place in Biola in April.

For more information contact Eduardo Gonzalez, 559-278-0542,