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Grant Funding: Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program

Hi all,

I want to share with you an announcement about the availability of grant funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program.  See the announcement below from the May 18, 2014 issue of the OCTAE Connection.

Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

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TAACCCT Grants Program’s Fourth and Final Round Opens

with $450 Million Available

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently announced the availability of some $450 million in grant funds for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program. DOL intends to make grant awards to eligible single institution applicants in all states, as well as to consortia of eligible institutions. The closing date for applications is July 7, 2014, no later than 4 p.m. EST. OCTAE stakeholders are encouraged to review the full grant announcement for eligibility, application, and award information.

Through this fourth and final round of TAACCCT funding, DOL is focused on “advancing innovative, sector-based system change in regional and statewide economies …. These grant projects will create industry-driven strategies that are responsive to regional labor markets and state economies.” The grant program seeks to “increase the number of workers who attain certificates, degrees, and other industry-recognized credentials …” It also aims to “introduce or replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning, completion, and other outcomes …; and demonstrate improved employment outcomes” to help meet the administration’s “college graduation goal of increasing the percentage of adults with a post-secondary credential by 2020.”

DOL is implementing TAACCCT in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education in the jointly held belief that the program can provide impetus, through higher education, for the creation of career pathways for adults to skilled jobs in growth industries, thereby enhancing both individuals’ lives and the U.S. economy.