Grant brings Vance-Granville record $1.7 million
The largest competitive grant award in the history of Vance-Granville Community College will help train workers for welding, machining and manufacturing jobs.
Vance-Granville learned Wednesday it will receive $1.7 million as part of $27 million awarded to develop and expand training programs to help North Carolinians find jobs. The funds will be disseminated through the U.S. Department of Labor.
In a prepared statement released by Vance-Granville, Dr. Stelfanie Williams said, “We are excited to join five other community colleges in a new partnership that will enhance the way we provide education and training to dislocated workers, veterans and long-term unemployed adults.
“This grant represents an outstanding opportunity to develop our region’s workforce and to build upon our new strategic plan through service to our local workers and employers. Working together with our communities, we will be leading an effort to put people back to work in growing technical career fields.”
The new and expanded programs will bring together community colleges, private industry and workforce boards to help veterans, long-term unemployed adults and displaced workers gain the skills needed for jobs that are available.
In a statement released by her office, Sen. Kay Hagan said, “These grants will help some of our outstanding community colleges teach much-needed skills to workers who have struggled to find a job for far too long.”
Hagan has legislation, the America Works Act, awaiting action in the Senate.
“It is for people who desperately need this training and can get into a job fairly quickly,” said Chris Moyer, a press secretary for Hagan.
The grants are being awarded to consortiums composed of colleges, private industry and workforce development boards to focus on specific employment opportunities.
VGCC and Randolph Community College (also receiving $1.7 million) will be in the Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium, a six-college group led by Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.
Cleveland Community College will receive more than $13 million to lead a consortium of five colleges to train workers for jobs in cybersecurity, infrastructure maintenance, communications and emergency operations. Other colleges in the consortium are: Nash Community College ($2,548,106), Wake Technical College ($2,931,393), UNC Charlotte ($1,566,788) and Moultrie Technical College in Georgia ($3,067,705).
Another consortium, a six-college grant led by Midlands Technical College in South Carolina, will train and educate residents in rural communities for health care jobs. As part of that group, Robeson Community College will receive $3.4 million.
The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. The program promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers.
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