The Obama administration has announced $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of workforce training programs.
The grants are the third installment in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a four-year, $2 billion initiative designed to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.
The 57 grants will support 190 projects in 183 schools in every state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The grants will expand programs in growing industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and encourage geographic and industry sector collaboration through the development of both statewide and multistate college consortia.
The U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating on the program with the U.S. Department of Education. All course materials developed using these public funds will be available through the Open Educational Resources initiative so that others can access and build on successful training models. <Read more.>