Andy Vargas, Lead Singer of Santana to Create Music Production Program at IE Accelerator

Andy Vargas, lead singer of Santana, is working with the San Bernardino Community College District, EDCT Foundation, and Eloise Gomez Reyes, Assemblymember of the 47th District to start a music production program at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IE) Accelerator in San Bernardino.

The Andy Vargas Music Production Program is designed for high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in a career in music production. The program includes lessons in engineering fields, music writing, licensing and marketing, and also includes how to network and build business relationships.

Andy Vargas and his team, including the Andy Vargas Foundation, are working with EDCT Foundation to raise funds for the program so that it may benefit at-risk youth in the San Bernardino area. Many other programs will be offered for youth that do not get into this program and EDCT Foundation will continue efforts to raise funds to benefit at risk- youth to take other Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math (STEAM) workshops and camps that will be offered.

EDCT Foundation is an auxiliary foundation of the San Bernardino Community College District and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to improving the economic prosperity of the Inland Empire. EDCT Foundation endeavors to establish a robust ecosystem that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship. By pursuing a multi-faceted approach, from career pathways, to STEAM, and entrepreneurship. Ashley E. Gaines, Director of the EDCT Foundation said, “the opportunity to work with such a talented musician and visionary is so incredible for us. This partnership will help to shine a light on the region and what can be created and fostered when we work together.” For more information on EDCT Foundation, please visit or follow them on social media @EDCTFoundation.

The IE Accelerator is the culmination of efforts from the San Bernardino Community College District, San Bernardino Valley College, EDCT Foundation, and the EDCT & KVCR Divisions at SBCCD. The IE Accelerator is part of a statewide initiative of the State Chancellor’s office called CCC Maker. For more information on the makerspace, visit or For additional information on the statewide initiative, visit

Ashley Gaines

By Ashley E. Gaines



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