The Dept. of Labor has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Strengthening Community College Training Grants (SCCTG) program that will award $40 million to community college-led partnerships to expand their training capacity. This is the inaugural SCCTG grant competition.
Single community colleges may apply for grants up to $2 million, and state or regional consortia of community colleges may receive grants up to $5 million. Grants of both types will be at least $1 million. DOL intends to make approximately 8 – 16 grants, with at least 75% of awards to be made to consortia. DOL must receive grant applications by October 8.
All grant applications must show that college(s) are working in partnership with industry and a local or statewide component of the federal workforce development system, such as a Workforce Development Board. Additional partners, such as 4-year colleges and universities and K-12 systems, may also be involved. Consortia applications must also involve a state or community college district-level higher education coordinating entity.
Each grant application must specify how it will address four core elements: evidence-based design, sector strategies and employer engagement, enhanced career pathway programs and accelerated learning strategies, and strategic alignment with the workforce development system. Consortia applications must address a 5th core element, innovative systems change. Included within these core elements are options for grant recipients to address issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. All recipients will be required to hire a third-party evaluator to assess the grant’s performance.
The House is currently considering funding legislation that would provide $50 million for SCCTG in FY 21.