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White House Fact Sheet Addresses New Federal Investments to Support Job-Driven Training
Apr 17, 2014
To create new opportunities for all hard-working Americans to get ahead, the President has asked the Vice President to lead an initiative to help individuals get trained with skills businesses need now and then placed in good, middle class jobs. Training America's workers with the skills they need for a good job can help middle class families feel more secure in their jobs and help American businesses grow our economy. But too many businesses can't find skilled workers for jobs they want to fill, while too many people looking for a job may be ready to learn new skills but may not be certain that there's a job waiting for them on the other end. Community colleges are one of the best ways to train workers with the skills they need for a job, and hands-on apprenticeships are one of the clearest paths to a good, secure middle class job. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs and the average starting wage for apprenticeship graduates is over $50,000.

Today (April 16), as part of this effort, the President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. Employers, unions, and foundations are joining these efforts with new commitments to support job-driven training. These steps are part of President Obama's commitment to make 2014 a year of action, acting with Congress when possible but also using his pen and his phone - calling on businesses, philanthropy, non-profits, states, and local communities to act.

A new White House fact sheet addresses the investments under the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) and Registered Apprenticeship.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training: ETA Announces Availability of Approximately $450 Million in Support of Fourth Round Grants
Apr 17, 2014
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $450 million in grant funds authorized for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.

The TAACCCT program seeks to increase the number of workers who attain certificates, degrees, and other industry-recognized credentials, helping to meet President Obama's college graduation goal of increasing the percentage of adults with a post-secondary credential by 2020. The overarching goals of the program are to: (1) increase attainment of degrees, certifications, certificates, diplomas, and other industry-recognized credentials that match the skills needed by employers to better prepare workers eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program ("TAA-eligible workers") of chapter 2 of title II of the Trade Act of 1974, 19 U.S.C. 2271-2323, and other adults for high-wage, high-skill employment or re-employment in growth industry sectors; (2) introduce or replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning, completion, and other outcomes for TAA-eligible workers and other adults; and (3) demonstrate improved employment outcomes.

The Department intends to make grant awards to eligible single institution applicants in all states ranging from approximately $2,260,000 to $2,500,000, up to a total of approximately $150 million. Under this SGA, DOL intends to make approximately 15 to 25 grant awards to consortia of eligible institutions, up to a total of approximately $300 million in grant awards to consortium applicants. The Department will provide two tiers of funding for consortium grant awards, based on the number of institutions in the consortium.

Issue Date: April 16, 2014
Closing Date: July 7, 2014
Full Announcement (pdf format)

TAACCCT Webpage

Department of Labor Announces Availability of Grants to Support the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program
Apr 15, 2014
The Department of Labor has announced a grant competition that will award an estimated 24 or more Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program grants totaling approximately $6 million to provide an estimated 2,000 veterans with occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, to help them succeed in the civilian labor market.

Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to: state and local workforce investment boards; local public agencies; tribal governments and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. Successful applicants will design a program that addresses the multitude of challenges associated with homeless veterans.

The solicitation for grant applications (SGA 14-02) will be available at http://www.grants.gov. More information on the Department of Labor's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets/. For questions about this grant announcement please contact the department's Cassandra Mitchell at 202-693-4589.

News Release

Departments of Labor and Education Announce Youth CareerConnect Awards
Apr 15, 2014
Too few of America's students are meaningfully engaged in their academic experience while in high school, and many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their studies in school to future college and career pathways especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. President Obama has called for a comprehensive effort to rethink the high school experience for America's youth, challenging schools to scale up innovative models that personalize teaching and learning so that students stay on track to graduate with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college and in careers.

President Obama has made clear that he is committed to making 2014 a year of action by taking steps both with Congress and on his own to expand opportunity for all Americans. As part of achieving the president's vision to prepare all students for success in post-secondary education and in a competitive workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, has established the Youth CareerConnect grant.

This initiative encourages America's school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to integrate rigorous educational standards with work experiences and skills in ways that enhance instruction and deliver real-world learning opportunities for students. Across the country, 24 Youth CareerConnect awards will provide $107 million to local partnerships of local education agencies, workforce investment boards, institutions of higher education and employer partners as they re-design the teaching and learning experience for youth to more fully prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and industry-relevant education needed to get on the pathway to a successful career, including postsecondary education or registered apprenticeship.

An April 7 news release lists the 24 grantees and their awarded amounts, and provides additional background on these important investments.

Also see: Department of Education blog post: Youth CareerConnect: Equipping Students for the Future

Department of Education blog post: Rethinking High School: President Obama Announces New Youth CareerConnect Grants

Departments of Labor and Education Launch "Registered Apprenticeship - College Consortium"; Graduates Can Turn Years of OJT and Classroom Training toward Associate or Bachelor Degree
Apr 14, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, today launched the Registered Apprenticeship - College Consortium, a new effort that will allow graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs to turn their years of rigorous on-the-job and classroom training into college credits toward an associate or bachelor degree.

The national consortium is expected to accomplish several goals, including:

  • enable apprentices to earn college credit for their Registered Apprenticeship experience and accelerate attainment of an associate or bachelor degree;

  • increase college graduation rates through a new pipeline of degree seekers; enhance the competitiveness of businesses by enlarging the pool of highly-trained workers;

  • grow the pool of highly-trained workers to enhance the competitiveness of American employers; and

  • strengthen relationships among Registered Apprenticeship programs and post-secondary institutions nationwide.

Participating Registered Apprenticeship sponsors will have their programs evaluated by a third-party organization to determine the college credit value of the apprenticeship completion certificate. Registered

Apprenticeship graduates will be able to earn up to 60 college credits based on their apprenticeship experience. The American Council on Education and the National College Credit Recommendation Service can serve as acceptable third-party evaluators. To be eligible, colleges participating in the consortium must be degree granting institutions accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

News Release

For more information, including how to participate in the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium, visit the department's Registered Apprenticeship website at http://www.doleta.gov/oa/ or email racc@dol.gov.