This week, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter announced nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for targeted training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. The grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs.
Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD is the recipient of one of these awards, in consortium with colleges in 8 other states.
Anne Arundel Community College, Consortium Leader
Total Consortium Award Amount: $19,730,281
Consortium members: Northwest Arkansas Community College; Florida State College at Jacksonville; College of Lake County in Illinois; Ivy Tech Community Colleges — Lafayette, North Central, Northeast, Northwest in Indiana; Macomb Community College in Michigan; Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio; Roane State Community College in Tennessee; Clover Park Technical College in Washington; and South Seattle Community College
The National STEM Consortium is a collaborative of 10 leading community colleges in nine states organized to develop nationally portable, certificate-level programs in STEM and to build a national model of multi-college cooperation in the design and delivery of high quality, labor market-driven occupational programs. The programs developed by the consortium will help build a national repository of high-quality technical curricula and curricular materials that can be made available at no charge to all community colleges.
This installment is the first in a $2 billion, four-year investment designed in combination with President Obama’s American Jobs Act to provide additional support for hiring and re-employment services to increase opportunities for the unemployed.
“Making it possible for unemployed Americans to return to work is a top priority of President Obama’s. This initiative is about providing access to training that leads to real jobs,” said Secretary Solis. “These federal grants will enable community colleges, employers and other partners to prepare job candidates, through innovative programs, for new careers in high-wage, high-skills fields, including advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care and STEM occupations.”
These grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, for which the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act included a total of $2 billion over a four-year period.
A complete list of grantees, and additional information, is available here.