FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2016
Contact: Susan Bigelow Vice President for External Relations and Economic Development (307) 686-0254 ext. 2861 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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|
|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|
|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|
|West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission||WV||$3,616,108|
|Northern Wyoming Community College District||WY||$4,998,585|