Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter to announce $500 million in grants through Community College Career Training Initiative

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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will announce nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for targeted job training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. This is the first installment in a $2 billion, four-year investment and, when combined with President Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide additional support for hiring and re-employment services, is designed to increase opportunities for the unemployed.

Every state will receive at least $2.7 million for community college career training programs through this initiative, with grants as high as nearly $25 million. States without a winning submission named in this round are being contacted by the program’s administrators to develop a qualifying initiative that will immediately receive $2.7 million.

Grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs. This includes building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs, strengthening technology-enabled learning, and allowing students and workers to access free learning materials online. Importantly, every community college grantee has at least one employer partner – a sponsor that has jobs available and needs workers trained to fill them.

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