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U.S. Department of Labor announces America’s Promise Grants

  ·   By Kermit Kaleba
U.S. Department of Labor announces America’s Promise Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $111 million in America’s Promise grants to 23 regional workforce partnerships to support tuition-free education and training for high-demand industries. The new four-year grants build on President Obama’s 2015 proposal to provide up to two years of free community college for qualifying students, and will support a range of sector-driven strategies, including work-based learning, classroom instruction, and competency-based education. The grants are expected to provide more than 21,000 US workers with the skills and credentials they need to enter into, or advance within, target occupations. Grantees are expected to leverage more than $57 million in other federal and non-federal dollars to support the implementation of these programs.

Grant recipients announced today include:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham

Ala.

MiraCosta Community College District

Oceanside

Calif.

Delaware Technical Community College

Dover

Del.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Fla.

Brevard Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Rockledge

Fla.

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Peoria

Ill.

Tecumseh Area Partnership, Inc.

Lafayette

Ind.

United Way of Central Iowa

Des Moines

Iowa

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Inc.

Wichita

Kan.

Montgomery College

Rockville

Md.

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids

Mich.

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance

Taylor

Mich.

City of Springfield

Springfield

Mo.

RFCUNY on behalf of CUNY OAA - CEWP

New York

N.Y.

Monroe Community College

Rochester

N.Y.

Worksystems, Inc.

Portland

Ore.

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

Cranston

R.I.

Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce

Memphis

Tenn.

Alamo Community College District

San Antonio

Texas

New River Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium

Radford

Va.

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Moorefield

W.Va.

Employ Milwaukee

Milwaukee

Wisc.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

Sheridan

Wyo.


National Skills Coalition applauds the Obama administration’s continued efforts to expand access to quality education and training as part of their Job-Driven Training plan, including $2 billion in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants that were released between 2011-2014, and more than $250 million in DOL grants to expand apprenticeship over the past two years.  These investments have helped tens of thousands of workers take advantage of new work opportunities while helping businesses across a range of industries develop talent pipelines that will support their growth and competitiveness. As we look forward to the 115th Congress and the beginning of the Trump administration in 2017, we hope that policymakers will expand on these important efforts, and ensure that every workers and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.

Posted In: Federal Funding, Career and Technical Education, Higher Education Access, Job-Driven Investments