On April 19, the U.S. departments of Education and Labor announced the availability of $474.5 million to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train workers with the skills employers need. This is the third round of funding under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, for a total of nearly $1.5 billion.
"Equipping our nation's students with the skills they need is one of the best investments we can make to keep our economy growing," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "This third round of funding will build on the work of earlier grantees by strengthening partnerships between institutions and employers so students develop the skills and attain the credentials they need for jobs in high-need fields now and in the future."
Institutions or consortia that are interested in applying for funding can go here for more information. The TAACCCT program is one component of President Obama's plan to help every American have at least one year of post-secondary education and for America to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the online tutorial, Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants, at http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit. Prospective applicants can register on www.Grants.gov to access the Solicitation for Grant Application.