$450 Million Available for Community College and Career Training

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently announced the availability of some $450 million in grant funds for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program. DOL intends to make grant awards to eligible single institution applicants in all states, as well as to consortia of eligible institutions. The closing date for applications is July 7, 2014, no later than 4 p.m. EST.

Through this fourth and final round of TAACCCT funding, DOL is focused on “advancing innovative, sector-based system change in regional and statewide economies …. These grant projects will create industry-driven strategies that are responsive to regional labor markets and state economies.” The grant program seeks to “increase the number of workers who attain certificates, degrees, and other industry-recognized credentials …” It also aims to “introduce or replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning, completion, and other outcomes …; and demonstrate improved employment outcomes” to help meet the administration’s “college graduation goal of increasing the percentage of adults with a post-secondary credential by 2020.”

DOL is implementing TAACCCT in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education in the jointly held belief that the program can provide impetus, through higher education, for the creation of career pathways for adults to skilled jobs in growth industries, thereby enhancing both individuals’ lives and the U.S. economy.

Stakeholders are encouraged to review the full grant announcement for eligibility, application, and award information. http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-13-10.pdf 

 

In an increasingly competitive global economy, America’s economic strength depends on the education and skills of its workers. The nation needs workers with the education and skills to succeed in fast- growing, high-wage occupations. The TAACCCT program provides capacity-building grants to spur innovation and the development of model training programs at America’s community colleges and universities. TAACCCT-funded programs will prepare participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations by using innovative and sophisticated strategies that address the unique needs of unemployed or under-employed adults. Throughout the first three rounds of TAACCCT, grantees have transformed the ways they design and deliver courses to adults through accelerated learning strategies, redesigned curricula, and technology-enhanced learning activities. These have included the incorporation of prior learning and knowledge, integrated occupational and academic learning, new educational technology, work-based learning opportunities, and online and distance learning opportunities.
The TAACCCT program seeks to increase the number of workers who attain certificates, degrees, and other industry-recognized credentials, helping to meet President Obama’s college graduation goal of increasing the percentage of adults with a post-secondary credential by 2020.
Author: 
Scott Brown