Community College and Career Training Grant Application Now Available
On January 20, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the availability of applications under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. Applications are due on April 21. Adult Career Centers are eligible to apply for this grant.
The Department of Labor will award $2 billion in grants over the next four years ($500 million per year) to eligible institutions, which include institutions of higher education as defined in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002) that offer programs that can be completed in two years or less. These institutions include community and technical colleges, proprietary institutions and postsecondary vocational institutions.
Grants must be used by institutions "to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations."
Individual grants will range from $2.5 million to $5 million for single institutions, and $2.5 million to $20 million for consortium applications. Each state is guaranteed to have winners that receive at least $2.5 million each year.
When asked what the program would achieve, Secretary Solis answered, "It's simple. We're looking to help American workers gain the skills and knowledge they need to compete for good jobs. The program also underscores President Obama's commitment to help every American have at least one year of postsecondary education, and it furthers his efforts to ensure that by 2020 the United States -- once again -- has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."
More details are available on a Conference Call Audio, in the Federal Register, and in the Department of Labor's "Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants."