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Five community colleges are awarded highly competitive federal grants for the development and expansion of innovative training programs.

Posted: 9/21/2012 - 02:08 PM


Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT)  initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. Congratulations to the following Michigan community colleges:

Henry Ford Community College - Consortium Leader (total consortium award: $15,000,000)

In order to bridge the disconnect between the needs of the workplace and the content of manufacturing curriculum in most colleges, transform the face of manufacturing education in their institutions and establish a model for program transformation applicable to many industries, the program aims to use a competency-based model to develop new and modified industry-driven manufacturing curricula and credentials; transform instructional design and delivery systems to accelerate and contextualize learning; redesign student support, success and placement strategies to increase credential attainment; and develop administrative structures to support instructional redesign.

Washtenaw Community College – Single Institution Award ($2,999,355)

Washtenaw Community College will reach out to local Trade Adjustment Assistance populations, veterans and other unemployed individuals with academic programs geared toward the information technology careers identified by the employers. WCC will design programs to meet the needs of adult, non-traditional learners so that they will be successful. Specifically, the college will develop blended curriculum for two career pathways in the information technology sector: software development for Java and network and systems administration (offered both for Microsoft and Linux/Unix platforms).

Oakland Community College - Consortium Member (Henry Ford Community College Consortium)

Mott Community College - Consortium Member (Northern Virginia Community College Consortium)

Muskegon Community College - Consortium Member (Northern Virginia Community College Consortium)

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