FEDERAL GRANT BRINGS $30.5 MILLION TO FLORIDA COLLEGES, $822,824 TO NFCC
MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College has received $822,824 in funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program to develop innovative training programs in manufacturing and cyber-security and help unemployed/underemployed workers re-enter the workforce with new, in-demand skills. NFCC is working with six other Florida College System institutions in a consortium led by the College of Central Florida on the grant. Overall the seven Florida colleges received $10.2 million in funding to help develop and expand innovative training programs. The program, being implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education, also hopes to foster deeper partnerships between community colleges, employers and community partners.
“North Florida Community College is proud to partner with the Department of Labor, the College of Central Florida and fellow consortium members on this grant,” said NFCC President John Grosskopf. “Opening doors to those looking for new skills and training opportunities in our community is essential. We are looking forward to getting these programs in place and forging new partnerships and opportunities in our district.”
Other FCS schools participating in the consortium are East Florida State College, Edison State College, Palm Beach State College St. Johns River State College and South Florida State College. NFCC and its fellow institutions will use funding to develop programs that can be completed in two years or less. The funding will also be used to build capacity and infrastructure, leverage distance learning, develop training modules that respond to business and industry needs and expand career pathways tied to high-skill jobs. Across the consortium, training will focus in the areas of information technology including the development of a BAS in IT, entrepreneurship, automation for manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management, cyber-security and soft skills training, and economic, workforce development and education partnerships. NFCC will specifically focus on programs in manufacturing and cyber-security.
According to a statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, a total of $474.5 million has been awarded to more than 180 colleges and universities across the country including a total of $30.5 million to the Florida College System by TAACCCT.
“The Florida College System plays a vital role in preparing the workforce by responding to business and industry needs,” said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna in a recent statement. “With $30.5 million in funding, our colleges have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen America’s workforce through strong local partnerships and work-based training.”
The grant program is also designed to have a lasting impact on higher education. Course materials developed with grant funding will be available through the Open Educational Resources initiative so that others can access and build on successful training models. NFCC and other grant recipients will help build an infrastructure of course materials, best practices, learning models, data and strategies that can be used among colleges and universities across the nation.
“The NFCC campus is filled with examples of new and innovative practices,” said Grosskopf. “We welcome the opportunity to learn and share information with our fellow grant participants while building a model for the future.”
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