“Community College to Career Fund” to Provide $500-Million in Job-Training Grants

February 27, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden at DavidsonVice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis recently announced that $500 million in federal grants for job-training programs at community colleges will be available this year. The grants are part of a $2-billion Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training grant program that was approved in 2010 to expand partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train and provide skills for workers to find employment.

The announcement came on the final stop of Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis’ Community College to Career five-state, three-day bus tour at Davidson County Community College in North Carolina.

“This new round of funding will help community colleges forge new partnerships with local businesses to train workers with the skills they need for jobs available right now,” said Vice President Joe Biden. “I am proud to join Secretary Solis and my wife – a community college professor herself – on the final stop of the Community College to Career tour to announce this new round of support for these innovative training partnerships.”

Dr. Jill Biden and US Labor Secretary Hilda SolisIn September 2011, the Department of Labor awarded approximately $500 million in the first round of the program, awarding grants to such schools as La Guardia Community College, Piedmont Technical College, Community College of Beaver County, and Tidewater Community College.

More information about the grant program and how to apply for the funds available this year can be found on the Labor Department’s Web site.

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