Metropolitan Community College has been awarded a $3.8 million dollar grant to train long-term unemployed and other dislocated workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
Vice President, Joe Biden handed out $450 million dollars in grants to nearly 270 community colleges across the nation working with employers on job training. The idea behind the almost half a billion dollar push, is to equip more Americans with the skills they need and connect them with the businesses searching for individuals with their unique expertise.
The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program. $19.7 million dollars was awarded statewide to Missouri community colleges and the State Technical College of Missouri.
The grant will bring the state’s public two-year institutions together to improve ways to educate adult learners – especially those who have lost jobs because of the impact of foreign trade and other negative economic trends.
This is the third grant award for the statewide consortium starting with MoHealthWINS in 2011, continuing with MoManufacturingWINS in 2012 and now MoSTEMWINS. The funding from the newly awarded MoSTEMWINS will focus on training individuals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to lead to sustainable employment.
“This funding will provide MCC with an excellent opportunity to tailor our educational options to fit the needs of employers and enhance employment opportunities for dislocated workers. Many of these unemployed or underemployed workers are facing challenges moving into high demand fields such as information technology and health sciences. We will use this opportunity to develop creative, high-quality programming that improves underdeveloped academic skills, accelerates entry into STEM-related careers and creates a pathway for continued learning and success,” said Mark James, Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College.
Thirteen Missouri community colleges make up the consortium to offer the ability to deliver education and career training programs that will help job seekers acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs in industries like that of health care, information technology, health sciences, transportation, manufacturing and life sciences.