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Local community colleges to receive $17.2 million Federal grant

Senator Mark Udall (center) announced a $17.2 million dollar Federal grant to be shared by Colorado's Community Colleges
Senator Mark Udall (center) announced a $17.2 million dollar Federal grant to be shared by Colorado's Community CollegesBrendan Smialowski/Getty Images

On Monday, Senator Mark Udall announced that Colorado's community colleges will receive Federal grant money totaling $17.2 million. Coming from the Departments of Labor and Education, the money will be used to support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs. The grant money is part of a $500 million dollar national initiative designed to enable unemployed Americans to return to work by receiving more education.

Senator Udall emphasized that the grant will benefit Colorado's workers and employers. "This is a win-win for Colorado's workers and employers. By enabling colleges to work directly with private employers, students will get the specific skills that make them competitive for higher-paying jobs in growing industries - and employers will get a well-trained workforce they can rely on,"

In this innovative partnership, employers will work with community colleges to create programs in targeted growth areas. Receiving input from employers will enable community colleges to create programs that will teach students skills that will make them ready to enter the work force upon graduation.

A consortium of Colorado’s community colleges, led by the Community College of Denver, will decide how to divide the $17.2 million. Local schools receiving funds include Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Red Rocks Community College and Community College of Aurora.

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