NWCCD-Led Partnership Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant through America’s Promise Grant Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2016

Contact: Susan Bigelow Vice President for External Relations and Economic Development (307) 686-0254 ext. 2861 | sbigelow@sheridan.edu

US Labor Department award totaling nearly $5 million benefits Wyoming/Montana Partnership

The United States Department of Labor awarded a grant of nearly $5 million to the Wyoming/Montana Partnership led by the Northern Wyoming Community College District. The partnership, which includes, Casper College, Laramie County Community College, and Montana State University – City College, as well as NWCCD affiliates Sheridan College and Gillette College, is one of only seven awards to community college applicants.

The Educating Toward Economic Diversity (ETED) Partnership in Wyoming and Montana is one of only seven awards to multi-state Regional Workforce Partnerships. Half of the $4,998,585 grant award will provide tuition assistance for adults 18 and older with financial barriers.

This is an excellent win for our partnership, and it shows how essential a credential is in today’s labor market,” said Dr. Paul Young, President of the NWCCD. “I am proud of the team who put together the regional coalition of community colleges, workforce service centers, and employers.”

The Partnership’s project will serve students who are preparing for occupations in Advanced Manufacturing, Educational Services, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Information Technology, industries that pay fees to bring foreign workers into the U.S. under the H-1B temporary visa program.  According to the U. S. Department of Labor these grants are intended to raise the technical skill levels of American workers and, over time, help businesses reduce their reliance on temporary visa programs.   NWCCD’s share of the grant award is $1.5 million with over $600,000 set aside to pay tuition and fees for participating students enrolled.

“Over the next four years the ETED Partnership will provide personalized advising and tuition for more than 800 students who might not be able to attend or succeed in college without this additional help,” explained Dr. Susan Bigelow, Vice President for External Relations and Economic Development. “We are thrilled that our partnership, the sole recipient of this award in the region, can use these funds to help those students who need it most.”

The H-1B America’s Promise educational grants awarded by the Labor Department total over $111 million to 23 regional workforce partnerships providing career-oriented education across 28 states. The Department estimates that approximately 21,600 participants will be served through the America’s Promise grant program.

H-1B America’s Promise Grant Awardees

Applicant Name State Funding Amount
The University of Alabama at Birmingham AL $5,999,770
MiraCosta Community College District CA $6,000,000
Delaware Technical Community College DE $3,500,000
Brevard Workforce Development Board, Inc. FL $2,380,337
Florida State College at Jacksonville FL $1,804,656
United Way of Central Iowa IA $2,248,968
Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center IL $4,000,000
Tecumseh Area Partnership, Inc. d/b/a Region 4 Workforce Board IN $5,978,593
Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Inc. KS $5,995,327
Montgomery College MD $5,633,390
Grand Rapids Community College MI $6,000,000
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) MI $6,000,000
City of Springfield MO $3,000,000
Monroe Community College NY $6,000,000
RFCUNY on behalf of CUNY OAA – CEWP NY $5,967,162
Worksystems, Inc. OR $6,000,000
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training RI $6,000,000
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce TN $5,992,314
Alamo Community College District TX $2,000,000
New River Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium VA $6,000,000
Employ Milwaukee WI $6,000,000
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission WV $3,616,108
Northern Wyoming Community College District WY $4,998,585