NWCCD wins $2.75 million Department of Labor grant for technical programs

NWCCD wins $2.75 million Department of Labor grant for technical programs

Northern Wyoming Community College District has been awarded a grant for $2.75 million for their project, Pathway to Success in a Technical Career: Leveraging TAACCCT projects to improve programs.  This award is part of the third round of annual grant awards made from a Department of Labor program.  NWCCD was also the lead applicant on a round one grant for $2.7 million which they are implementing with Western Wyoming Community College and Central Wyoming College.

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s priorities have aligned well with the community college mission,” said Dr. Paul Young, NWCCD President.  “This is especially true with our emphasis on career technical education and preparedness for the workforce.  This project will help us serve more students in our high-demand technical programs by using online learning for theory, and introducing simulators and trainers to supplement our skills labs.”

The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program, which promote skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. This is the fourth Department of Labor grant awarded to NWCCD, with the first award made in 2005.

Today, the Department of Labor announced $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs.

This grant will allow us to select best practices developed by earlier round grantees and implement them into our programs, according to Dr. Susan Bigelow, VP for External Relations and Economic Development.  The college will build on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrician apprenticeship programs and enhance the certificate and degree programs in Machine Tool Technology and Welding Technology by incorporating online learning, training simulators and trainers. The college will tie for‐credit apprenticeship training into a pathway to a degree and align non‐credit seminar training and military training with academic credit through credit for prior learning.  Nearly $600,000 of the award will be spent on training simulators and equipment for the apprenticeship and technical programs.

 

“Federal funding for focused program changes and capacity building helps the college make significant changes without pulling the funding from other ongoing operations,” said Young, when he announced the grant award to the NWCCD Board of Trustees Wednesday evening.  “The federal grants are game changers if we take advantage of those that are aligned with our priorities and this one is.”

Learn more about this grant program at http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct.

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