President Obama and Vice President Biden today announced, during a visit to the Community College of Allegheny County (PA), that the U.S. Department of Labor has released the fourth, and final, Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program. A total of $450 million will be awarded to individual institutions (up to $2.5 million) and consortia of institutions located in the same state or economic region (up to $15 million). The deadline to apply for a grant is July 7, 2014.
In addition to the work supported in previous grant rounds, this SGA also emphasizes scaling up previous efforts through partnerships with national industry groups or employers, working with partners to develop state career pathway systems, and improving the integration of state employment and education data systems. Applications that show strong partnerships with industry, the public workforce system, or registered apprenticeships will have an advantage.
The president and vice president also announced the new American Apprenticeship Grants, which will award $100 million to partnerships to expand and improve registered apprenticeship programs. This program will be launched in the fall and is funded by the fees paid by employers for H-1B skilled worker visas.