The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for the third round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. DOL, in partnership with the Department of Education, plans to award approximately $474 million in consortia and individual grants, down from the $500 million awarded in the previous two years due to the impact of sequestration. 54 – 63 individual institution grants ranging from $2.37 million to $2.75 million will be awarded, totaling $150 million. The remaining $324 million will fund 15 – 20 consortia grants of up to $25 million. Single institution applications are due by June 18, while consortia applications are due by July 3.
Every application must indicate how the proposed project will address each of six core elements:
- Evidence-based design appropriate to the proposed project.
- Stacked and latticed credentials, including competency-based credentials.
- Transferability and articulation of credit, including bridges from non-credit to credit-bearing courses and programs.
- Advanced online and technology-enabled learning such as interactive simulations, personalized and virtual instruction, and educational gaming.
- Strategic alignment with relevant community partners, especially businesses.
- Alignment with previously-funded TAACCCT projects in order to decrease duplication and increase geographic reach of the projects. Information on the projects funded in the first two rounds is available here.
Single institution applicants must incorporate at least one of four identified program strategies:
- Leveraging work of previously-funded TAACCCT projects.
- Developing or enhancing programs of study that incorporate work-based training opportunities, including on-the-job training, apprenticeship, and internships.
- Developing or enhancing innovative technology and multimedia strategies such as MOOCs and MOOC assessments.
- Developing career pathways for adult workers.
Strategies for consortia applications are not similarly prescribed, but the SGA emphasizes that strong applications will "propose projects that enhance job placement and advancement opportunities for large populations of trade-impacted workers and other adults."