Last week the Department of Labor announced the availability of $40 million in Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants to expand colleges' ability to meet labor market demand for a skilled workforce. Community colleges are essential partners of the public workforce system for retraining the workforce and building a pipeline of workers in healthcare, logistics, cybersecurity and other industries, such as manufacturing.
“Community colleges are well-positioned to support the economic recovery and help the country’s robust economy return,” said Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch. “These funds will strengthen colleges’ ability to make innovative changes in training our nation’s workforce that will make a difference immediately and can be sustained over the long-haul.”
In addition, $4.1 million in funds in grants available to community organizations to recruit, mentor, train and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs, and to help those women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare and other industries.
“Apprenticeships provide a promising avenue for women to gain valuable skills while earning a living,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “The grants announced today will help women gain new skills to succeed in the changing economic environment created by coronavirus, while also providing important opportunities for women to work in occupations that traditionally have had fewer women workers.”