Wednesday, December 4
RDMT 122, Dandini Campus
Wednesday, December 4
Posted: Sep 19, 2013
Machining equipment at TMCC's IGT Applied Technology Center
On September 18, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. A consortium of Nevada Community Colleges—Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College—were awarded $8,778,829 from the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education in a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade. Great Basin College will receive $4,009,331; Truckee Meadows Community College will receive $3,201,968; and Western Nevada College will receive $1,567,530. TMCC’s industry focus will be on manufacturing and mining.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “The Northern Nevada Consortium for Manufacturing and Mining addresses the needs of TAA-eligible workers and other adults in addition to the needs of a highly skilled workforce for the state's Manufacturing and Mining sectors. The colleges, in partnership with employers and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, have determined the highest priority areas of training necessary for a highly qualified workforce for which jobs are available in Northern Nevada. These areas are welding, industrial millwright, machine tooling/computer numerical control, manufacturing production/applied industrial technology and CISCO certified networking. All are in alignment with moving the manufacturing and mining companies forward and opening opportunities for new investment in Nevada.”
TMCC will create several accelerated training programs, including accelerated machining, accelerated production technician, and accelerated welding. Among the many facets of this grant, it provides funding for the creation of “stacked and latticed credentials,” which means students can move through a career pathway beginning with an industry-recognized skills certificate that will apply to an associate’s and bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the grant will be leveraged to provide a Job Connect expert on each of the College’s campuses who will further the efforts to tie a highly trained and skilled workforce to employers.
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