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President Barack Obama joins The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, left, and others in the processional before the start of commencement at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, May 5, 2013. (Detail of an Official White House Photo by Pete Souza; Courtesy of my January 21, 2010, tech grants blog, "Chasing Obama Buck$,” I had identified select federal grant opportunities that had been issued by the Obama Administration. As an update, circa May 2013, I am revisiting where the Administration is proposing to give grants that community colleges qualify for.


I do need to caveat the proposed grant initiatives based upon two factors: 1) Sequester, and 2) Congress approving the proposed 2014 budget for various federal agencies.


After reviewing the President’s proposed U.S. Dept. of Education FY 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014) budget for discretionary grants, I found several initiatives that California community colleges could qualify for:


In addition, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will have funding for “Choice Neighborhood Grants."


The U.S. Department of Labor has $8 Billion for a Community College to Career Fund. The budget calls for $4 billion in mandatory spending under the DOL for a Community College to Career Fund to begin in FY15. An additional $4 billion would be authorized under the U.S. Department of Education and the program would be jointly administered by both federal agencies. The fund would aim to:

  • Forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers for high-paying jobs in high-growth and high-demand industries such as health care, transportation and advanced manufacturing.
  • Emphasize strong employer engagement in the development of postsecondary programs to ensure that programs deliver students that meet employer needs. The Community College to Career Fund would provide support for regional or national industry sectors to develop skills consortia that will identify pressing workforce needs.
  • $3.4 billion for Training and Employment Services: This funding includes programs and policy changes intended to spur innovation in the way training is delivered for workers.

Aspects of this program that would impact CTE include:


From the U.S. Department of Commerce, $1 billion for Regional Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. A one-off investment of $1 billion has been included to create up to 15 Regional Manufacturing Innovation Institutes that would bring together companies, universities, government, and community colleges to invest in the development of cutting edge manufacturing.


From the U.S. Department of Labor, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program. The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $474 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The deadline is July 3, 2013.


Planned federal grant opportunities are being outlined. You will have to monitor them to see when their deadlines are, so keep a vigilant eye out there!