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ETA News Release: [09/18/2013]
Contact Name: David Roberts or Jason Kuruvilla
Email:
Roberts.David@dol.gov or Kuruvilla.Jason@dol.gov
Phone Number: (202) 693-5945 or 6587
Release Number: 13-1932-NAT

Obama administration announces $474.5 million in grants to expand demand-driven skills training and strengthen employer partnerships

Grants are third installment of nearly $2 billion community college initiative

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

The 57 grants announced today will support 190 projects in at least 183 schools in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The grants will expand programs in growing industries,  such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and encourage geographic and industry sector collaboration through the development of both statewide and multistate college consortia. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.  All course materials developed using these public funds will be available through the Open Educational Resources initiative so that others can access and build on successful training models. The U.S. Department of Commerce is also encouraging employers to collaborate with local colleges eligible for funding through this program.  

This latest round of funding is fostering deeper partnerships between community colleges, employers and other community partners. This year's grantees have more employer partners than in the past, and many of those employer partners will offer work-based learning opportunities. At least 10 of the individual grants will be focused on these work-based training opportunities and many consortia grants will incorporate similar strategies into their programs. Strong partnerships and work-based training will help ensure that curricula and training are aligned with the practical skills and competencies industries seek from workers.

Speaking in Colorado at Front Range Community College — the lead college in a $25 million grant to a consortium of nine schools across the state focused on developing a pipeline of skilled advanced manufacturing workers — Secretary Perez said: "These investments in demand-driven skills training bring together education, labor, business and community leaders to meet the real-world needs of the changing global marketplace. These partnerships strengthen not only the American workforce, but the American economy as well."

The initiative complements President Obama's broader goals of ensuring that every American has at least one year of postsecondary education, and that the U.S. has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The program is designed to have a lasting impact on higher education, emphasizing the use of evidence-based program design, collection of student outcome data and evaluation to add to the growing body of knowledge about which strategies best develop skills that lead to good jobs. This year's grants also build on the administration's goal of providing individuals with the information they need

to choose education and training programs that fits their needs. The 11 single-state consortia grantees will be required to use graduate employment and earnings data to improve their programming and to create employment results scorecards that will help prospective students make informed choices about training programs.

"Community colleges play a vital role in training Americans to meet the needs of employers today," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "As our economy continues to rebuild, businesses are looking for employees with the skills their company needs to stay competitive, and America's students and adult workers want to be equipped to fill those roles. These grants help to meet those demands, providing critical investments in education and supporting key partnerships."

The grants include 20 awards to community college and university consortia totaling $377,452,319 and 23 awards to individual institutions totaling $61,943,218. Fourteen states and territories, which were not funded through the competitive award process, will develop a qualifying project and receive an approximately $2.5 million grant.

"For America's workforce to be competitive in the 21st century, our workers must possess the skills employers need for their businesses to succeed. That is why employers should partner with educational institutions and government to help develop curriculum and credentialing programs at the local level," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. "This round of grants has an increased emphasis on creating the types of training programs that will prepare community college students for the jobs in which they are needed, which is good for employees, employers and the strength of our economy."

Grantees will use these funds to transform the way they schedule, sequence and deliver education and training programs that can be completed in two years or less. A variety of activities will be made possible, including: hiring or training instructors to expand capacity to offer in-demand courses or certifications, leveraging online learning to accelerate skills attainment, developing new curricula and training models to add additional classes and certifications, purchasing new equipment to ensure students train on what employers actually use, designing new programs based on the input and needs of local employers, and expanding career pathways in which stackable credentials are linked to industry skills and lead participants to higher-skill jobs. 

Grantees in this round were also required to demonstrate: local labor market need for enhanced training in specific industries; strong engagement with employers in the design and delivery of training activities and work-based learning; a commitment to evidence-based program design and rigorous third-party evaluation; the use of stacked and latticed credentials; a clear plan for the transferability and articulation of course credit, application of advanced online and technology-enabled learning; strategic alignment with the workforce system, philanthropic organizations and other community partners; and the ability to leverage previously funded TAACCCT projects.

Learn more about the grant program at http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct. A list of grantees by state, including project descriptions, follows.




2013 TAACCCT Grants by State

ALABAMA

Wallace Community College — Selma
Consortium Member — Midlands Technical College Consortium (South Carolina)
Award Amount:  $3,251,562
Total Consortium Award Amount: $25,000,000

Wallace State Community College — Hanceville
Consortium Member — Midlands Technical College Consortium (South Carolina)
Award Amount: $3,277,811
Total Consortium Award Amount: $25,000,000




ALASKA

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




ARIZONA

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




ARKANSAS

South Arkansas Community College
Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $3,904,256
Total Consortium Award Amount: $8,419,390

Consortium members: College of the Ouachitas ($1,801,912), Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas ($450,000), National Park Community College at Hot Springs ($1,003,800), Rich Mountain Community College ($300,000), Southern Arkansas University Tech ($417,800), University of Arkansas Community College at Hope ($541,622)
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing  

The South West Arkansas Community College Consortium is working in partnership with regional manufacturing employers, three strategies are pursued: (1) Engage regional employers in sector partnerships to enhance one or more sets of stacked and latticed credentials, (2) Significantly leverage employers to integrate "in-plant" work-based learning opportunities into systems of stacked and latticed credentials, and (3) Enhance student advisement and career counseling systems in partnership with employers. Credentials to be awarded include non-credit and credit certificates, associate degrees and industry-certified credentials.

Mid-South Community College
Consortium Member — Lewis and Clark Community College (Illinois)
Award Amount: $2,065,596
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,869,372




CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Consortium Leader

Award Amount: $10,587,105
Total Consortium Award: $19,224,970

Consortium members: Los Angeles City College ($1,073,659), East Los Angeles College ($1,804,765), Los Angeles Harbor College ($976,891), Los Angeles Mission College ($872,596), Pierce College ($1,013,202), Los Angeles Southwest College ($790,751), Los Angeles Valley College ($318,953), West Los Angeles College ($1,787,048)
Industry focus: Health Sciences and Health-care Information Technology           

The Los Angeles Healthcare Competency to Career Consortium is a multicollege consortium project among all nine colleges that comprise the Los Angeles Community College District. A consortium of the community colleges, trade impacted companies, sector intermediaries, the workforce system and employers in the health-care industry sector will join forces to create an innovative training model for trade-impacted workers and other long-term unemployed in the Greater Los Angeles area. The primary focus of the project will be to build upon the progress of prior year TAACCCT grant projects to develop competency-based, stacked and latticed programs of study, including a common foundation credential, certificates of achievement and A.A./A.S. degrees related to the health science professions.

Long Beach City College
Total Award Amount: $2,750,000
Industry focus: Aerospace Manufacturing

Long Beach City College proposes to deliver alternative pathways to engineering education and careers by expanding existing programs with skills competencies, incorporating online virtual simulation and labs, building on a proven model from a Round 2 TAACCCT project, enhancing curriculum with employers' input, and creating stacked and latticed credentials that lead to associate degrees in engineering technology and electrical technology. The proposed project is in response to the re-education needs of displaced, TAA-eligible worker and the specific training needs of the industry partners — The Boeing Company, Oceaneering International Inc., Pacific Maritime Association and TABC Inc.

Long Beach City College is also a consortium member in the Broward College consortium.

MiraCosta Community College District
Total Award Amount: $2,749,419
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing

Through the Technology Career Institute, MiraCosta College will offer training leading to industry-recognized certificates in electronics engineering and robotics/automation. MCC will work with industry to create an accelerated training approach that quickly trains qualified workers, increases student retention rates and connects participants with jobs much more quickly than a traditional training program. Within 12 weeks, TCI participants will have a credential that will help them find a job and move up a career ladder in their chosen field. Courses in certificate programs may also articulate toward credit technical certificates and associate degree programs in defined subject areas.

Saddleback College — SOCCCD
Total Award Amount: $2,749,999
Industry focus: Health Care

The Orange County Health Care Career Transitions program will deliver an innovative Health Career readiness program and utilize cutting-edge technology to streamline and enhance allied health training programs. "Fast Track to Success" will prepare dislocated and TAA affected workers for transition to meaningful employment in high-demand allied health careers. This project will enhance and streamline existing allied health training programs and develop new programs to respond to emerging career opportunities resulting from the Affordable Care Act.

Long Beach City College
Consortium Member — Broward College Consortium (Florida)
Award Amount: $1,755,111
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413




COLORADO

Front Range Community College
Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $9,925,073
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,945,310

Consortium members: Aims Community College ($2,106,296), Community College of Denver ($3,534,061), Emily Griffith Technical College ($417,734), Lamar Community College ($1,092,663), Pikes Peak Community College ($2,307,859), Pueblo Community College ($1,656,914), Red Rocks Community College/WarrenTech ($1,946,047), Metropolitan State University of Denver ($1,958,663)
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing

Front Range Community College is launching the Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program.  CHAMP's partners will increase the attainment of manufacturing degrees and certificates that align with the industry's recognized competencies, skills and certifications to create a pipeline of highly-qualified advanced manufacturing industry workers. CHAMP will redesign credit for prior learning allowing TAA-eligible students to accelerate toward degree and credential attainment. The colleges will add industry-driven content to the manufacturing program and redesign several courses for online/hybrid delivery.




CONNECTICUT

Capital Community College
Consortium Member — Passaic County Community College (New Jersey)
Award Amount: $2,314,406
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,516,787

Housatonic Community College
Consortium Member — Passaic County Community College (New Jersey)
Award Amount: $2,196,144
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,516,787




DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




DELAWARE

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




FLORIDA

Broward College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $12,945,003
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413
Consortium Members: Columbus State Community College ($1,398,678), Essex County College ($1,037,225), Florida State College at Jacksonville ($1,142,481), Georgia Institute of Technology ($894,936),Harper College ($1,151,774), Long Beach City College ($1,755,111), Rutgers University ($301,678), San Jacinto Community College ($559,008), St. Petersburg College ($1,525,667), Union County College ($1,551,852), Northwestern University ($250,000)
Industry focus: Logistics/SupplyChain Management

Broward College is developing a set of eight stackable and latticed credentials that will provide workers with skills suitable for entry and middle-level employment in supply chain management. Program content will be delivered through traditional, hybrid and online instruction. Industry-approved internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training will be included. The eight newly created industry-recognized certifications will be based on an evidence-based design endorsed by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.


College of Central Florida

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $3,173,583
Total Consortium Award Amount: $10,161,060
Consortium Members: Brevard Community College ($1,537,835), Edison State College ($1,432,329), North Florida Community College ($822,824), Palm Beach State College ($1,249,356), St. Johns River State College ($945,133), South Florida State College ($1,000,000)
Industry focus: Information Technology

In partnership with seven other colleges throughout the state, College of Central Florida is launching Florida XCEL-IT: Information Technology Careers for Rural Areas. The program will offer credentials in competencies including Geographic Information Systems, Mobile Device Computing, Network Security, IT Communications and Automation.

St. Petersburg College
Consortium Member — Century College (Minnesota)
Award Amount: $2,014,445
Total Consortium Award Amount: $11,177,412

St. Petersburg College is also a consortium member in the Broward College consortium.

Palm Beach State College
Consortium Member — Pellissippi State Community College (Tennessee)
Award Amount: $1,138,183
Total Consortium Award Amount: $12,665,720

Palm Beach State College is also a consortium member in the College of Central Florida consortium.

Polk State College
Consortium Member — Pellissippi State Community College (Tennessee)
Award Amount: $1,611,956
Total Consortium Award Amount: $12,665,720




GEORGIA

Central Georgia Technical College
Total Award Amount: $2,622,249
Industry focus: Health Care

The Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance is an employer-driven effort to match over 3,300 TAA-eligible and incumbent workers with quickly obtained certificates and degrees for high-wage, high-demand jobs in the health care sector. The proposed project focuses on creating and expanding the online learning program capacity to ensure TAA-eligible workers, veterans and other adult learners can participate and obtain certificates necessary to work in the healthcare sector. Some of the training will be available through video-enabled educational technology, which will include innovative simulation-based learning.

Moultrie Technical College
Consortium Member — Cleveland Community College (North Carolina)
Award Amount: $3,067,705
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,200,362




HAWAII

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




IDAHO

College of Southern Idaho
Total Award Amount: $2,487,136
Industry focus: Food Processing

The College of Southern Idaho proposes the creation of a new degree program to meet the needs of the area's major employers. The Food Processing Management Program will offer areas of emphasis in food safety, quality assurance, food processing and management. CSI's Food Processing Management degree program will offer stackable and latticed credentials including Postsecondary Certificates, Technical Certificates, Associates of Applied Science Degrees and an Associate of Science Degree. The proposed program will also involve the innovative delivery of English as a Second Language.




ILLINOIS

Lewis and Clark Community College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $4,958,481
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,869,372
Consortium Members: Delgado Community College ($2,132,704), Hinds Community College ($2,249,735), John Wood Community College ($2,100,000), Mid-South Community College ($2,065,596), Minnesota State College — Southeast Technical ($1,766,408), St. Louis Community College ($2,986,981), Southwest Tennessee Community College ($2,854,601), West Kentucky Community & Technical College ($2,754,866)
Industry focus: Transportation and Logistics

This project partners colleges from headwaters to the Gulf and seeks to: (1) establish transportation, distribution, and logistics sector partnerships in communities along the river, (2) recalibrate programs to align with employer needs, (3) build stacked and latticed credentials and integrate evidence-based strategies to serve TAA-eligible workers and (4) solidify the consortium for long-term collaboration. Credentials include industry certifications; postsecondary certificates; and degrees in water, ground, and air transportation; waterway infrastructure maintenance; and logistics management. Awards will include noncredit and credit bearing postsecondary certificates, associate degrees and industry-recognized credentials.

Harper College
Consortium Member — Broward College (Florida)
Award Amount: $1,151,774
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413

Northwestern University
Consortium Member — Broward College (Florida)
Award Amount: $250,000
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413




INDIANA

Purdue University
Total Award Amount: $2,741,491
Industry focus: Manufacturing

The objective of this project is to provide training to TAA-eligible workers, veterans and other adults for reemployment in regional manufacturing industry. The job opportunities in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties in Indiana show growth and demand in occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to Mechatronics Technicians and Industrial Machinery Mechanics. Manufacturing industries in the region have indicated immediate need for interns and skilled employees in aforementioned occupations.




IOWA

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




KANSAS

Butler Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,748,686

Industry focus: Information Technology

Butler Community College is offering an Information Technology program for TAA-eligible workers, veterans and the long-term unemployed. The programs provides training that leads to certificates in dozens of IT competencies, including Microsoft SQL Server 2012, CISCO Information Certification, CompTIA Network+, among many others.




KENTUCKY

Gateway Community & Technical College
Total Award Amount: $2,742,797
Industry focus: Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation and Utilities

Gateway Community & Technical College is launching the Innovative Multi-industry Partnership and Career Training program — known as IMPACT. Building capacity through the development of new programs and through program enhancement and expansion will result in an increased number of students who become industry certified, complete their academic program and become employed. Each of the targeted programs will be enhanced by eLearning, work experiences, new technology equipment and the development of a career pathway. New credentials will be developed and program expansion will occur through an increase of stackable and latticed credentials.

West Kentucky Community & Technical College
Consortium Member — Lewis and Clark Community College (Illinois)
Award Amount: $2,754,866
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,869,372




LOUISIANA

Central Louisiana Technical Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,749,939

Industry focus: Manufacturing

Central Louisiana Technical Community College is partnering with a number of stakeholders to create a Manufacturing Center of Excellence. This center will focus on Industrial Manufacturing, inclusive of Automation and Controls, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool Technology, and Instrumentation and Electronics. Instruction will be offered online and in-person with emphasis on a technology-enhanced curriculum that encourages blended education. Programs will be offered through credit and noncredit formats, allowing for increased opportunities for competency-based learning. Credit students will be able to earn certificates, diplomas, an Associate's degree and potentially a Bachelor's degree.

Bossier Parish Community College
Consortium Member — Mount Wachusett Community College (Massachusetts)
Award Amount: $3,525,116
Total Consortium Award Amount: $15,875,432




MAINE

Central Maine Community College
Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $4,668,250
Total Consortium Award Amount: $13,072,735
Consortium members: Eastern Maine Community College ($1,422,710), Kennebec Valley Community College ($2,161,343), Northern Maine Community College ($153,121), Southern Maine Community College ($3,164,830), Washington County Community College ($404,158), York County Community College ($1,098,323)
Industry focus: Information Technology

Maine is IT! is designed to address the critical and growing need in Maine for skilled information technology workers across many industries. The project, proposed as a statewide consortium of all seven of Maine's community colleges in strategic partnership with employers, workforce development agencies, industry associations and other institutions of higher education, will build and strengthen innovative education models that will meet the needs of Maine's TAA-eligible workers, unemployed and underemployed adults and employers. This program will serve nearly 2,100 participants, providing dramatically improved access to training opportunities in information technology across the state and across a range of industries.




MARYLAND

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




MASSACHUSETTS

Mount Wachusett Community College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $6,450,356
Total Consortium Award Amount: $15,875,432
Consortium members: Bossier Parish Community College ($3,525,116), Southwest Tennessee Community College ($2,906,345), North Central State College ($2,993,615)
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing

Working as a consortium of four leading community colleges across the United States, the Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium will transform educational delivery methods and accelerate credential attainment in the advanced manufacturing fields of Mechatronics and Quality career pathways. The AMMQC will serve more than 1,720 TAA-eligible workers, veterans and other individuals in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio and Tennessee. Each college brings to the consortium a unique expertise in the mechatronics and quality fields that will be leveraged to create and implement stacked and latticed credentials that will be shared across all four colleges.

Bunker Hill Community College
Consortium Member — Passaic County Community College (New Jersey)
Award Amount: $1,946,057
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,516,787




MICHIGAN

Macomb Community College
Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $9,615,803
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,999,863

Consortium members: Bay College ($1,473,249), Grand Rapids Community College ($4,128,382), Kellogg Community College ($2,655,476), Lake Michigan College ($1,217,576), Lansing Community College ($2,114,000), Mott Community College ($2,688,000), Schoolcraft College ($1,107,377)
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing

Following extensive industry input, the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM) will focus on the four job sectors of: 1) CNC Machining, 2) Welding/Fabrication, 3) Multi-Skilled Technician and 4) Production Operations. M-CAM will feature an advanced manufacturing competency model that promotes job readiness skills, basic skill development, pathways to certificates/degrees, employer involvement, online/hybrid courses, education plans, prior learning assessments and career services. Participants enter the program at multiple points based on skills and education needs. Member colleges plan to create 13 new industry-focused credentials and upgrade or modify 63 certificate and degree programs.

Baker College
Consortium Member — Century College (Minnesota)
Award Amount: $1,398,603
Total Consortium Award Amount: $11,177,412




MINNESOTA

Century College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $4,677,095
Total Consortium Award Amount: $11,177,412
Consortium members: Baker College ($1,398,603), Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology ($1,666,100), Spokane Falls Community College ($1,421,169), St. Petersburg College ($2,014,445)
Industry focus: Health Care

This project will expand and improve the delivery of orthotics and prosthetics career education by increasing the attainment of industry-recognized credentials needed for the changing health status of communities and expected shortage of workers. To accomplish this goal, consortium members will: 1) recruit eligible participants, 2) utilize best practices in retention strategies, 3) develop credit for prior learning standards and military vocations assessment, 4) create innovative technology-based and online learning opportunities 5) accelerate training pathways, 6) support job placement and 7) develop stackable credentials and articulation pathways. Input from industry, relevant organizations and accreditation partners will assist the process.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities DBA Pine Technical College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $6,898,193
Total Consortium Award Amount: $18,317,022
Consortium members: North Central Texas College ($4,660,429), Central Lakes College ($3,710,338), Ridgewater College ($3,048,062)
Industry focus: Information Technology

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, led by Pine Technical College are working together to develop the Rural Information Technology Alliance. This coalition of four colleges, allied workforce centers, industry partners and IT employers proposes to implement a project that will address critical rural IT workforce needs.  This will be accomplished by upgrading college programs,  constructing career ladders and removing barriers to TAA-eligible workers and other adult workforce center clients so that they may enter the IT workforce, find high-wage employment and fill the gaps in the rural IT workforce. The program will develop or expand a range of IT programs that will be available at all colleges, either on-site, online or via hybridized solutions. All programs are designed for completion within two years and have various entry and exit points.

Minnesota State College — Southeast Technical
Consortium Member — Lewis and Clark Community College (Illinois)
Award Amount: $1,766,408
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,869,372




MISSISSIPPI

East Mississippi Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,700,331
Industry focus: Manufacturing

The Golden Triangle Modern Manufacturing Project seeks to improve and better articulate career pathways into high-skill, high-wage modern manufacturing jobs for TAA-eligible workers, veterans and other adults. The project leverages the 2012 Missouri Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Networks project strategies and practices to: 1) modernize the college's manufacturing division, 2) add three credential-based craft-level technician programs, 3) create a new 15-semester hour development program, 4) expand EMCC's Clay County campus to meet surging industry demands and 5) fully engage modern manufacturers and workforce partners in program design and development.

Hinds Community College
Consortium Member — Lewis and Clark Community College (Illinois)
Award Amount: $2,249,735
Total Consortium Award: $23,869,372




MISSOURI

Missouri State University-West Plains
Total Award Amount: $2,529,123
Industry focus: Health Care

Missouri State University-West Plains will engage TAA-eligible workers, other unemployed or underemployed adults, and veterans through career training in two years or less. Training will focus on sectors and occupations in health care (health informatics) and agriculture (agribusiness with a focus on "green" or sustainable jobs) included in this R3 — rural revitalization and recovery — project.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,228,414
Industry focus: Health Care

The Technology-Enabled Pathways in Healthcare supports the development of innovative approaches to address current and future workforce needs in the health services and sciences industry. Ozarks Technical Community College will serve the diverse workforce needs of TAA-eligible workers and other adults in many counties within its service area that fall below the national and state unemployment rates, as well as other counties. This institution will work with area employers as it develops hybrid opportunities in health services in addition to focusing on the Industrial Maintenance path that will lead to qualifications  for repairing and maintaining medical equipment in health service institutions.

Three Rivers Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,750,000
Industry focus: Agriculture and Advanced Manufacturing

Three Rivers Community College is partnering with regional employers to prepare TAA-eligible workers, veterans and other adult learners for industries, such as advanced manufacturing and precision agriculture, which are currently expanding in the region. TRC will leverage its participation in a Round 1 TAACCCT project that focused on health care occupations to inform the development of two new pathway programs addressing existing training gaps in targeted industries. The program will build clear pathways for participants through previous learning assessments, stacked and latticed credentials allowing for multiple entry and exit points, and credits that are easily transferable to partnering four-year institutions. The blended curriculum delivery system includes mobile learning labs, which enable greater coverage across our service region.

St. Louis Community College
Consortium Member — Lewis and Clark Community College (Illinois)
Award Amount: $2,986,981
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,869,372




MONTANA

Great Falls College Montana State University

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $8,505,260
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,978,329
Consortium members: Fort Peck Community College ($1,516,571), Montana State University-Northern ($1,746,864), City College at Montana State University Billings ($1,465,338), Gallatin College Montana State University ($731,524), Missoula College of the University of Montana ($1,388,658), Bitterroot College of the University of Montana ($931,568), Helena College University of Montana ($2,687,563), Highlands College of Montana Tech ($454,965), Flathead Valley Community College ($3,466,107), Dawson Community College ($562,587), Miles Community College ($482,437), Little Big Horn College ($1,038,887)
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing

In eight target occupations, the Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana's Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI) project offers TAA-eligible, veteran and other low-skilled student populations an opportunity to access accelerated training anywhere in the state. Each SWAMMEI stacked credential uses a common delivery system to provide interactive, technology-enhanced and online curriculum. This approach creates significant efficiencies, wherein a single faculty facilitator can deliver online training to students across the state. Web-based curricula are reinforced with practical, hands-on training components that students can complete in a consolidated period of time.




NEBRASKA

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




NEVADA

Great Basin College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $4,009,331
Total Consortium Award Amount: $8,778,829
Consortium members: Western Nevada College ($1,567,530), Truckee Meadows Community College ($3,201,968)
Industry focus: Manufacturing and Mining

The Northern Nevada Consortium for Manufacturing and Mining addresses the needs of TAA-eligible workers and other adults in addition to the needs of  a highly skilled workforce for the state's Manufacturing and Mining sectors. The colleges, in partnership with employers and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, have determined the highest priority areas of training necessary for a highly qualified workforce for which jobs are available in Northern Nevada. These areas are: welding, industrial millwright, machine tooling/computer numerical control, manufacturing production/applied industrial technology and CISCO certified networking. All are in alignment with moving the manufacturing and mining companies forward and opening opportunities for new investment in Nevada.




NEW HAMPSHIRE

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,462




NEW JERSEY

Passaic County Community College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $8,998,233

Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,516,787
Consortium members: Atlantic Cape Community College ($1,027,886), Bunker Hill Community College ($1,946,057), Capital Community College ($2,314,406), Housatonic Community College ($2,196,144), Kingsborough Community College ($3,855,652), LaGuardia Community College ($3,178,652)
Industry focus: Healthcare and Information Technology

The Northern Resiliency Consortium is a collaboration among seven community colleges, led by Passaic County Community College, committed to creating a highly skilled and resilient workforce in four Northeastern states (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts) that have been devastated by crises and natural catastrophes, including: Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings. The partners will prepare trade-impacted workers, veterans and other individuals for employment and upward mobility in three key industry-growth sectors (health care, information technology and environmental technologies) that play a critical role in times of crisis.

Essex County College
Total Award Amount: $2,750,000
Industry focus: Information Technology

Through the Newark Area Industry Linked Information Technology program, Essex County College, with technical assistance from Jobs for the Future and Wider Opportunities for Women proposes to develop three new Information Technology programs of study: Cyber Security and Networks; Software Development, and Health IT, with a special focus on increasing the number of women in these careers.

Essex County College is also a consortium member in the Broward College consortium

Essex County College
Consortium Member — Broward College (Florida)
Award Amount:  $1,037,225
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413

Rutgers University
Consortium Member — Broward College (Florida)
Award Amount:  $301,678
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413

Union County College
Consortium Member — Broward College (Florida)
Award Amount:  $1,551,852
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413




NEW MEXICO

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,461




NEW YORK

Kingsborough Community College
Consortium Member — Passaic County Community College (New Jersey)
Award Amount: $3,855,652
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,516,787

LaGuardia Community College
Consortium Member — Passaic County Community College (New Jersey)
Award Amount: $3,178,409
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,516,787




NORTH CAROLINA

Cleveland Community College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $13,086,370
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,200,362
Consortium members: Moultrie Technical College ($3,067,705), Nash Community College ($2,548,106), Wake Technical Community College ($2,931,393), University of North Carolina-Charlotte ($1,566,788)
Industry focus: Manufacturing

The Mission Critical Operations project develops a career pathway to address demand for a mission critical workforce able to anticipate, prevent, mitigate and respond to mission critical breaches. Cybersecurity, infrastructure maintenance, communications and emergency operations are all key focus points of the project. The project includes plans for articulated credit options bridging the gap between prior learning, noncredit courses, curriculum and university programs.

Robeson Community College
Consortium Member — Midlands Technical College (South Carolina)
Award Amount: $3,393,086
Total Consortium Award Amount: $25,000,000

Randolph Community College
Consortium Member — Pellissippi State Community College (Tennessee)
Award Amount: $1,725,174
Total Consortium Award Amount: $12,665,720

Vance-Granville Community College
Consortium Member — Pellissippi State Community College (Tennessee)
Award Amount: $1,757,299
Total Consortium Award Amount: $12,665,720




NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota State College of Science
Total Award Amount: $2,744,625
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing

The North Dakota Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Initiative, led by North Dakota State College of Science, will have courses in manufacturing delivered in formats that allow for greater flexibility by developing online modules that allow students to complete course theory anytime, anywhere thus reducing the amount of time committed to on-campus instruction. By working with employers to upgrade employee skills, individuals can work towards a degree and remain employed full time. NDSCS will deliver focused, hands-on instruction in short courses with the skills learning reinforced through practical application on-the-job.




OHIO

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,750,000
Industry focus: Manufacturing

The Greater Cincinnati Manufacturing Careers Accelerator seeks to expand the capacity of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to deliver accelerated, high-quality education and training programs that directly address the needs of manufacturers in the Cincinnati-Middletown area.

Columbus State Community College
Consortium Member — Broward College (Florida)
Award Amount: $1,398,678
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413




OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Total Award Amount: $2,749,686
Industry focus: Advanced Manufacturing

The advanced manufacturing career pathway developed via the Career Pathways for Adult Workers project will provide participants with comprehensive academic and student support to enter into, retain and complete training at various points of entry and exit. Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology will expand program delivery to include night and weekend class and lab offerings, and add blended learning through online expansion of select courses within the program. Thus, whether participants were recently laid off, looking for work or are currently underemployed, they will soon have the ability to attend training according to their scheduling needs. Additionally, the Google plant's provision of 13 blocks of free Wi-Fi in downtown Pryor, Okla., will assist students with internet access.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Consortium Member — Century College (Minnesota)
Award Amount: $1,666,100
Total Consortium Award Amount: $11,177,412




OREGON

Linn-Benton Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,739,655

Industry focus: Healthcare and Administration

Linn-Benton Community College is developing an online, accelerated, competency-based education and training program for the following certificates and degrees: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, Polysomnography Technician, Veterinary Technologist and Technician, Social Media Specialist, Administrative Office Professional, Office Specialist, Accounting Clerks, Accounting Technology and Business Administration.




PENNSYLVANIA

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,461




PUERTO RICO

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,461




RHODE ISLAND

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,461




SOUTH CAROLINA

Midlands Technical College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $8,382,685
Total Consortium Award Amount: $25,000,000
Consortium members: Central Carolina Technical College ($3,396,940), Florence-Darlington Technical College ($3,347,916), Robeson Community College ($3,393,086), Wallace Community College-Selma ($3,251,562), Wallace State Community College-Hanceville ($3,227,811)
Industry focus: Health Care

Six colleges in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina will implement BOOST: Better Occupational Outcomes with Simulation Training — New Pathways to Healthcare Careers. BOOST's short-term, stackable certificates will be replicated at all of the colleges in the consortium to demonstrate how a well-structured program for entry-level health-care workers guided by employers and infused with technology leads to higher credential completion and worker retention rates in a variety of socioeconomic or geographic locations. BOOST utilizes a strong online component with reduced time to completion. Many students must travel great distances to attend classes, so much of the content will be delivered or reinforced online.




SOUTH DAKOTA

Southeast Technical Institute
Consortium Leader

Award Amount: $5,349,726
Total Consortium Award Amount: $16,558,431
Consortium members: Oglala Lakota College ($1,656,326), Sinte Gleska University ($2,291,835), Western Dakota Technical Institute ($2,058,946), Mitchell Technical Institute ($2,668,534), Lake Area Technical Institute ($2,533,064)
Industry focus: Health Care

The South Dakota Allied Health Training Consortium will implement the following strategies to expand and enhance the education and training opportunities in health care courses. Emphasis will be placed on serving rural communities and reservations to provide participants opportunities to continue their work while building a portfolio of stackable credentials. Goals include: 1) increase the number of adults earning certificates, degrees, diplomas and certificates in two years or less; 2) replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that addresses specific industry needs; and 3) improve learning outcomes of participants.




TENNESSEE

Pellissippi State Community College
Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $4,569,689
Total Consortium Award Amount: $12,665,720

Consortium members: Northeast State Community College ($4,569,689), Palm Beach State College ($1,138,183), Polk State College ($1,611,956), Randolph Community College ($1,725,174), Vance-Granville Community College ($1,757,299)
Industry focus: Manufacturing

The Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium is a partnership of six colleges that intend to serve as leaders in integrating a regional economic, workforce development and education partnership approach to improving the skills and employment of individuals. The six colleges in the SEELC have been specifically chosen to represent economic and demographic location diversity, and all reside in states whose governors and community leaders are working together to further economic and workforce systems change. Further, SEELC integrates an evidence-based approach to implementing a regionally-based economic, workforce and education partnership in support of the development of educational and career pathways tied to national industry standards and credentials in welding, machining and manufacturing.

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Total Award Amount: $2,661,480
Industry focus: Logistics

Southwest Tennessee Community College is launching Southwest SOLUTIONS, a program that will offer approximately 550 participants training in industrial processing work. Participants will be connected immediately to employer partners, who helped build the Industrial Readiness Training courses. SOLUTIONS also allows on-the-job and entrepreneurial training opportunities, as well as online components, asynchronous instruction and integrated data tracking for continuous quality improvement.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is also a consortium member in the Lewis and Clark Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College consortia.




TEXAS

San Jacinto Community College
Consortium Member — Broward College (Florida)
Award Amount: $559,008
Total Consortium Award Amount: $24,513,413

North Central Texas College
Consortium Member — Minnesota State Colleges & Universities DBA Pine Technical College (Minnesota)
Award Amount: $4,660,429
Total Consortium Award Amount: $18,317,022




UTAH

College to be determined
Award Amount: $2,507,461




VERMONT

University of Vermont and State Agricultural College
Total Award Amount: $2,749,995
Industry focus: Manufacturing

University of Vermont is expanding its ability to deliver education and career training programs in STEM-related fields by creating certificate programs that can be completed in less than two years. Stackable certificate programs will be created in sub-specialties of engineering, computer science, mathematics and statistics for traditional students and nontraditional adult learners. These programs will be developed in collaboration with employer partners, and they will require the completion of a combination of college courses and work-based learning opportunities. A number of the courses for each certificate will be offered online to accelerate completion and increase access. The certificate programs are designed specifically to offer new opportunities to nontraditional adult learners, with priority to veterans and TAA-eligible workers. Approximately 150 veterans, TAA-eligible workers, unemployed, underemployed or other adult learners are expected to be served by STEM-Connect over a four-year period.




VIRGINIA

Security University
Total Award Amount: $2,750,000
Industry focus: Information Technology and Cybersecurity

The overarching goals of the project is to increase attainment of certifications, certificates and other industry-recognized credentials that match the skills needed by employers to better prepare TAA-eligible workers and other adults for high-wage, high-skill employment in cybersecurity. These individuals are not typically drawn to, or recruited for, cybersecurity education. The program will work together with workforce development partners to quickly scale-up and deliver cybersecurity certification programs for TAA-impacted workers, including veterans and their families. The aim is to increase achievement of stacked and latticed cybersecurity credentials through innovated effective learning methods through redesigned curriculum and technology that will ultimately lead to successfully preparing trade-impacted workers to work in the fast-growing cybersecurity sector.




WASHINGTON

Bellingham Technical College
Total Award Amount: $2,748,247
Industry focus: Health Care-Nursing

Bellingham Technical College will provide a streamlined nursing employment pathway by developing an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Medication Assistant certificate, a targeted option for Licensed Practical Nurses seeking further education and an accelerated pathway to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion. The project will enable BTC to: create a Simulation Laboratory; redesign clinical experiences; transform existing curriculum approaches; create technology-enhanced classrooms; answer employer demand for highly-skilled registered nurses and address barriers for TAA-eligible, veterans and other targeted student populations.

Spokane Falls Community College
Consortium Member — Century College (Minnesota)
Award Amount: $1,421,169
Total Consortium Award Amount: $11,177,412




WEST VIRGINIA

Bridgemont Community and Technical College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $8,829,042
Total Consortium Award Amount: $25,000,000
Consortium members: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College ($2,676,385), Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College ($862,396), Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College ($1,395,891), Mountainwest Community and Technical College ($1,237,903), New River Community and Technical College ($1,337,106), Pierpont Community & Technical College ($2,280,934), Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College ($1,564,279), West Virginia Northern Community College ($1,793,154), West Virginia University at Parkersburg ($3,022,910).
Industry focus: Manufacturing, Information Technology and Energy

The Bridging the Gap Consortium will: establish a culture of continuous improvement across consortium institutions; develop and implement enhanced and accelerated sector-driven career pathways; strengthen contextualized, online, blended and remote academic instruction; and implement expanded and individualized student support strategies. Programs will award skill set certificates, certificate degrees and associate's degrees in the manufacturing and mechatronics, energy technology, information technology and construction fields.




WISCONSIN

Northcentral Technical College

Consortium Leader
Award Amount: $6,214,585
Total Consortium Award Amount: $23,177,882
Consortium members: Blackhawk Technical College ($829,850), Chippewa Valley Technical College ($1,147,610), Fox Valley Technical College ($1,147,610), Gateway Technical College ($1,215,832), Lakeshore Technical College ($897,039), Madison Area Technical College ($1,895,539), Mid-State Technical College ($894,943), Milwaukee Area Technical College ($2,092,798), Moraine Park Technical College ($995,662), Nicolet Area Technical College ($743,870), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ($1,010,937), Southwest Wisconsin Technical College ($797,804), Waukesha County Area Technical College ($1,172,263), Western Technical College ($1,083,240), Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ($680,028).
Industry focus: Information Technology

The INTERFACE Project is a statewide project with participation from all 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System to develop, improve and expand adult educational training pathways to careers in information technology-related occupations.




WYOMING

Northern Wyoming Community College District
Total Award Amount: $2,749,936
Industry focus: Mining, Manufacturing, Utilities and Transportation

Northern Wyoming Community College District is working with existing TAACCCT-funded programs to develop training curriculum that lead to industry-recognized credentials for machinists, and award one-year certificates and two-year Associate's degrees in Machine Tool Technology and Welding Technology. The program will also link for-credit apprenticeship training into a pathway to a degree and align noncredit seminar training and military training with academic credit through credit for prior learning.