The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of up to $500 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The TAACCCT grant program provides eligible institutions funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program (“TAA-eligible workers”) of the Trade Act of 1974, as well as other adults.
Eligible institutions may be located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or the U.S. territories. Although the Department expects that a wide range of individuals will benefit from the TAACCCT program, the primary intent is to meet the educational or career training needs of workers who have lost their jobs or are threatened with job loss as a result of foreign trade.
The grants that will be slightly smaller than in the first round, with grants to individual institutions of up to $3 million and consortia grants up to $15 million. Institutions that are fiscal agents on first round grants are not eligible to apply for grants in this round, but may be partners in consortia led by other institutions. The closing date for receipt of applications is May 24, 2012.
The SGA was announced by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Second Lady Jill Biden at Davidsonville Community College in Thomasville, NC on the last day of their three-day “Community College to Career” bus tour. They were joined at the event by Vice President Joe Biden.
AACC worked aggressively to secure funding for this program—$2 billion over four years—and to maintain it despite efforts to reduce it or eliminate it altogether. This second round of grants is a major development on the federal funding front. AACC will continue to work to ensure that funding in the next two fiscal years remains available.