Friday, April 26, 2013

DOL Announces the Availability of $474 Million in Grant Funding for Community Colleges and Higher Education Institutions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or the Department) 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 TAACCCT grant program provides community colleges and higher education institutions with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers.

The Department intends to fund four-year grants to develop new undergraduate education and career training program strategies or to replicate existing designs, program development methods, and/or delivery strategies that have established evidence of successful implementation.  The primary focus of this funding opportunity is to help TAA-eligible workers and other adults acquire the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers.

This year, there is a special focus on technologies that can enable education and training of these workers.  This includes skillful use of technology-enabled new, emergent models of online education and workforce training, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); prior learning assessments; and online and blended learning environments that allow larger numbers of workers to participate. Videoconferencing equipment, recording and streaming technology, as well as other technologies are eligible.

For more information, access the Full Announcement (pdf format).  The deadline is June 18 for single institution applications, and July 3 for consortium applications.

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