On Monday, September 26th, The U.S. Department of Labor, together with the U.S. Department of Education, announced nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for targeted job training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers.
The grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs. Oregon’s Credentials, Acceleration, and Support for Employment (CASE) Consortium, a statewide collaboration including all 17 community colleges in Oregon, the Oregon Employment Department/Trade Act, employers and community partners, was awarded $18,679,289.
As part of this project, Clatsop Community College will receive $936,668 over three years to implement strategies that include expanding and enhancing Career Pathways and using Career Coaches to reduce barriers so that students enroll, persist, complete a credential, and secure employment in a demand occupation.
Career Pathway Certificates represent completion of 12-18 credits of coursework that provide a specific subset of skills related to local industry needs. Pathway Certificates constitute degree milestones and document substantial progress toward degree completion, and create entry points into the labor force.
These grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career
Training (TAACCCT) initiative. The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act included a total of $2 billion for this four-year initiative.
Please direct inquiries to: Debby Robertson, 503-338-2506.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.