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Northampton Community College lands $10 million ‘job-driven training’ grant

Sam Kennedy | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Northampton Community College has been named the winner of a $10 million federal “job-driven training” grant, Vice President Joe Biden’s office announced Monday morning.

NCC was the lead applicant for the grant, which was written in partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College and Luzerne County Community College, NCC spokeswoman Heidi Butler said.

“We have not received official word yet, but this would be very good news for northeastern Pennsylvania,” she said. “It will enable us to provide training for high-demand jobs in health care, advanced manufacturing, and transportation and logistics.”

Some 270 community colleges will receive a total of $450 million in grant money, according to a news release from the White House. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Education and the Department of Labor.

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The grants will provide schools funding to partner with employers to expand and improve educational and career training programs, according to the release. The goal is to help job-seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in industries such as information technology, health care, energy and advanced manufacturing.

The so-called job-driven training partnerships, the release says, are “an important way to successfully prepare and place workers in jobs that pay a middle-class wage.”

Across the country, the more-than 400 partnering employers include ExxonMobil, IBM, Delta, Jetblue, CVS, and Habitat for Humanity as well as labor and community-based organizations such as SEIU, Goodwill Industries, Urban League and the United Way.

The partnerships “will assist in getting thousands of low-wage Americans access to more internships, apprenticeships, and job-relevant basic skills education and training in order to move up the career ladder into better-paying jobs that employers across the country are looking to fill,” the release says.

Biden was scheduled to formally announce the grant winners in a Monday ceremony with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez.



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