The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration (DOLETA), recently announced its first round of TAACCT funded projects. Each project will receive approximately $20 million.
TAACCCT is the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. The program funded one grant per large state and one grant per small-state consortium. The Department of Labor is implementing the TAACCCT program in partnership with the Department of Education.
The TAACCCT program is designed to meet industry needs while accelerating individual learning and improving college retention and achievement rates. The overall goal is to increase industry-recognized credential or degree completion rates of participants. Projects were encouraged to use online or technology-enabled learning to achieve these objectives.
DOLETA hosted two Web-chat sessions for the public to provide feedback on the first round of the TAACCCT grant program competition. ETA invited interested individuals to participate in either of the TAACCCT Grant Program public comment sessions. A transcript of the listening sessions is available to the public.
You should consider checking them out for the next round of funding, which is yet to be announced. For the 2011 funding cycle, applications were accepted through April 21, 2011, reviewed in July and August, and awards were announced at the end of September.
It may pay to be prepared for the 2012 round of funding.
In California, the West Hills College Lemoore was funded for $19,993,050. Their “Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change (C6) Consortium” included: Fresno City College, Madera Center, Cerra Cosa College, San Joaquin Delta College, College of the Sequoias, and West Hills Coalinga College.
The C6 Consortium focused on the following key industries:
- Health care
- Alternative fuel
The consortium’s corporate partners included Toyota Motor Sales USA, Meridian Energy, Southern California Edison Education Center, and Dole Foods.
TAACCCT is one of the few federal initiatives that is targeted at and available to California community colleges. Consider building a consortium like West Hills Lemoore College did by engaging public workforce training partners as well as potential private sector employers. You may just win $20 million for your community college!<>
For more information about the TAACCCT program, as well as a list of grantees awarded under the first round of grants, visit: http://www.doleta.gov/TAACCCT/grantawards.cfm.