The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Central lakes College will receive a grant of $3.7 million as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.
CLC ($3,710,338) applied as a part of a multi-state consortium of community colleges led by Pine Technical College in Minnesota ($6,898,193) and joined by Ridgewater College in Minnesota ($3,048,062) and North Central Texas College in Texas ($4,660,429). The consortium was awarded a total of $18,317,022.
The colleges are working together to develop the Rural Information Technology Alliance. This coalition of four colleges, allied work force centers, industry partners and IT employers proposes to implement a project that will address critical rural IT work force needs.
This will be accomplished by upgrading college programs, constructing career ladders and removing barriers to TAA-eligible workers and other adult work force center clients so that they may enter the IT workforce, find high-wage employment and fill the gaps in the rural IT work force.
The program will develop or expand a range of IT programs that will be available at all colleges, either on-site, online or via hybridized solutions. All programs are designed for completion within two years and have various entry and exit points.
The TAACCCT Grant Program promote 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. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
This is the second Department of Labor grant awarded to CLC. On Oct. 1, 2012, the Department of Labor awarded a $13.1 million TAACCCT Grant to a consortium of four Minnesota educational institutions: CLC, Pine Technical College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Regional Center of Excellence.
The Advanced Manufacturing Education Grant program will connect foreign trade impacted workers, other dislocated workers, veterans and incumbent workers in need of skill enhancement with comprehensive advanced manufacturing training and “wrap-around” student services.