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Grants Insider: Job Training and Workforce Development

University Business, Nov 2011

In September, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor announced $500 million in grants for community colleges to improve job training and workforce development programs as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.

Thirty-two grantees were announced in this round, ranging from individual institutions to consortia that bring together colleges statewide or across state lines.

Some highlights:

  • Anne Arundel Community College (Md.) will lead a nine state, 10-college consortium that received a $19.7 million grant to provide training for high-demand jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The consortium will develop one-year certificate programs in five STEM industries. Other consortium members are: Clover Park Technical College (Wash.); College of Lake County (Ill.); Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio); Florida State College at Jacksonville; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Macomb Community College (Mich.); Northwest Arkansas Community College; Roane State Community College (Tenn.); and South Seattle Community College.
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Ohio) is leading a six-state, 10-college consortium that received a $19.6 million grant focused on health professions. Consortium members will focus on a career pathways framework and competency-based core curriculum. Cincinnati State will use part of the grant to create a Pathway to Employment Center, a “one-stop” career assessment, planning, and placement center. Other consortium members are: Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Pine Technical College in Minnesota; El Centro College and Texarkana College in Texas; Ashland Community and Technical College and Jefferson Community and Technical College in Kentucky; Owens Community College in Ohio; City Colleges of Chicago in Illinois; and Community College of the District of Columbia.

According to the Department of Education, states that did not receive grants in this round are being provided assistance in developing a project to qualify for a second round grant of at least $2.5 million.

The complete list of recipients can be found here.