Secretary Solis visits Innovative Training Programs at Community Colleges
Following last week's announcement of $500 million in grants to nearly 300 community colleges and universities around the country, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is visiting schools to highlight the local impacts of this investment for developing and expanding innovative training programs. "Our goal is simple: We're supporting schools that will work directly with companies to develop training programs that respond to the real needs of employers," Solis said on Sept. 21 when she toured the Norwalk Community College Center for Science, Health and Wellness (NCC) in Norwalk, Conn.
NCC is leading a statewide consortium that received more than $12 million to develop health care and life sciences training programs. On Sept. 24, Solis toured the Applied Technologies Center at Monroe Community College in Rochester, which is leading a statewide consortium that received nearly $15 million to prepare dislocated workers and unemployed veterans for high-quality, high-wage jobs within the advanced manufacturing sector. Later she visited The City University of New York's Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City, which received $3 million to help expand and improve existing program offerings to create career paths in the health care industry.
On Sept. 27, Solis toured Northern Virginia Family Services' Training Futures facility in McLean. Training Futures is a nonprofit partner in a multistate consortium led by Northern Virginia Community College, which received more than $12 million to develop employer-driven career pathways in science, technology, engineering and math. These grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. While each program reflects the diverse and specific needs of their local communities, they all promote skills development and employment opportunities through partnerships between training providers and local employers.
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