Helping communities across the country develop skills infrastructure will ensure workers are prepared for the fastest growing jobs of the future. The departments of Labor and Education are working together to help make this goal a reality through unprecedented investments to expand the training capacity of community colleges.
Nearly $1 billion in grants already has been awarded through the first two funding rounds of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, known as TAACCCT.
In April, acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris announced the third round of funding for this initiative, providing an additional $474 million dollars to community colleges for developing innovative training programs in industries like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology.
Single institutions have until June 18 to apply for funding, while schools applying together as a consortium have until July 3.
The grants awarded in 2011 and 2012 are already helping students access high-quality training, earn industry-recognized credentials and gain access to good jobs. We know that the most successful programs are those that build strong employer and community partnerships, which lead to students finding employment more quickly after graduation.
Program Summary of TAACCCT
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act amended the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program. On March 30, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which included $2 billion over four years to fund the TAACCCT program.
TAACCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. Through these multi-year grants, the Department of Labor is helping to ensure that our nation’s institutions of higher education are helping adults succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers. The Department is implementing the TAACCCT program in partnership with the Department of Education.
Grants totaling $474.5 million available from US Labor Department to strengthen training partnerships between community colleges and employers
Institutions or consortiums that are interested in applying for the newly available funding should visit http://www.grants.gov.
Finally, models funded this year will use advanced online and technology-based job training tools. Course materials developed by grantees will be available publicly through the Open Educational Resources initiative so that users may modify, update and build on their own instructional content. Additionally, all grantees will be required to evaluate their programs to build knowledge on what strategies are most effective in helping students gain skills and succeed in the workplace.
A list of earlier grantees, organized by state, is available at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121885.htm and http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20111409fs.htm.
General information about the TAACCCT program can be found at http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read successful applications through the Labor Department’s grants database at http://www.dol.gov/dol/grants and to view the online tutorial “Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants” at http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit.