The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Northeast State Community College a $1.86 million grant for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers.
The grant is 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.
“We are extremely pleased to be part of this highly competitive federal grant,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State. “The funds will be used for Northeast State faculty and staff, equipment, supplies, professional development, and other costs as related to welding, machining and manufacturing education.”
Northeast State submitted the grant as part of the Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium (SEELC), which includes five other community colleges in the Southeast: Pellissippi State Community College, Palm Beach State College and Polk State College in Florida, and Randolph Community College and Vance-Granville Community College in North Carolina.
The consortium received a total of $12.7 million for use in advanced manufacturing projects.
The consortium integrates a regional economic, workforce development, and education partnership approach to improving the skills and employment of individuals.
The colleges 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.
The latest round of funding seeks to foster deeper partnerships between community colleges, employers and other community partners. 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.
According to the Labor Department, 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.
For more information about the grant, contact Linda Calvert, Northeast State’s executive director of Grant Development, at 423.323.0222 or lwcalvert@NortheastState.edu. To learn more about the grant program visit http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct.