Recently, the United States Department of Labor announced that about $450 million in grant money will be available to grow job-driven training partnerships between employers and community colleges. This would be the final amount of grant money available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which offers funds to community colleges and other qualified high education institutions to assist in improving the delivery of education and career training programs for the short-term. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to help folks get the needed skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-skill and high-wage jobs while also meeting the requirements of employers for capable employees.
Since this grant solicitation program went into effect about three years ago, the nearly two billion dollar investments has aided in growing the American community college system to offer available training programs that pair people to obtainable jobs in developing industries in their communities. In its fourth and final year, this last cycle of funding will be expected to strengthen employer engagement as successful applicants will create programs receptive to workforce requirements of several employers within an industry division through a close working relationship with regional and national employers and industry clusters.
Suitable applicants include community colleges and other public, exclusive, or nonprofit education institutions that offer two-year programs accredited per the United States Department of Education.
It’s important to note that priority will be placed on the following supplementary goals by making extra funding available to those applicants that plan to foster partnerships with national industry groups or employers to balance tactics across the country; involve educators, employers, Registered Apprenticeships, and the workforce structure to back the growth or development of state career pathways systems; or improve the mixing of state employment and education records.
In addition, emphasis will be placed on efforts that balance capable practices from previous grants and endure evocative enhancements in the community college system through comprehensive employer partnerships like work-based learning and hiring commitments; joint ventures with workforce structures and the system of American Job Centers to help back program execution; or partnerships with promoters of Registered Apprenticeship in local and regional areas, specifically in occupations and industries with anticipated workforce scarcities.
The application process for this grant will be concluded by July 7. More information, including how to apply, can be found on this website.