The Wonderful Company is transforming education in the Central Valley by reaching more than 117,000 students across 175 schools. Through Wonderful Education, we directly serve 6,500 Central Valley students in preschool through college to ensure ALL students have the opportunity for a bright future.
Our two year-round preschools, open 12 hours a day, offer peace of mind to our employees, who know their children are thriving in a safe, nurturing play-based environment for children ages 3 to 5.
We’re committed to empowering children in the Central Valley to succeed at every stage of their education. With talented, caring teachers, hands-on learning and high-tech classrooms, Wonderful College Prep Academy provides a free, first-class education to children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Academy graduates are prepared to earn a college degree and become the next generation of leaders in the Central Valley who are critical thinkers and life-long learners.
A longer school day and extended year combined with hands-on learning in every classroom gives Academy students an edge, and develops a love of learning at an early age. Students have the opportunity to explore their passions from music to cooking and robotics with interactive learning in state-of-the-art classrooms.
These campuses serve 2,500 students from kindergarten through 12th grade and are the result of a $125 million capital investment from the Resnicks.
In California’s Central Valley, agriculture is king. The farm industry is becoming increasingly high tech, creating thousands of high-skilled, STEM-based jobs. As the need for skilled workers increases, companies are desperate to fill those vacancies with qualified college graduates. That’s why we created our signature high school program, Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep (Ag Prep).
Ag Prep encompasses seven public high schools, six feeder middle schools and three community colleges. Armed with 60 units of college credit along with 200+ hours of real-world work experience from paid internships, students earn an associate of science degree while in high school—again, all tuition-free. Students then enter our skilled workforce with a guaranteed high-paying job (starting at $35,000 annually), or enroll at a four-year college as a junior, finishing in half the time and at half the cost.
California’s Central Valley has long been one of the poorest and most overlooked parts of the state. It’s a region that’s lagged far behind in educational attainment for too long. Most don’t even believe college is an option. We’re determined to change that for a new generation of students.
Pursuing higher education often comes with significant financial and emotional burdens, but thanks to the Wonderful College Scholarship program, parents and students alike are re-thinking what’s possible. We begin supporting employees’ children in high school with tutoring, test prep, college applications, and more. Additionally, Ag Prep graduates, Wonderful College Prep Academy graduates, and children of our Central Valley employees are all eligible to earn renewable scholarships of $4,000 - $6,000 per year—up to $30,000 in total over five years. Since awarding five college scholarships in the program’s inaugural year in 1994, we’ve since awarded 2,350 scholarships—with 300 going to the incoming 2019 freshman class alone.
And, we don’t just offer financial support. We assign coaches to provide frequent, consistent, one-on-one guidance to support all college scholars to ensure they earn their degree and are prepared for a lifetime of career opportunities.