MONTPELIER, VT — The Community College of Vermont (CCV) has received nearly $2.4 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant funding to provide training and education to assist Vermonters in acquiring the workforce skills Vermont businesses need to remain competitive. Training and education will focus on high demand industry sectors including health care, business, agribusiness, and engineering technology.
The TAACCCT grant, awarded to the College on Monday from the U.S. Department of Labor, will help create, develop and sustain attainable pathways between higher education and the workforce and provide accelerated job skill development and degree attainment, allowing job seekers to reenter the workforce as quickly as possible. The program will serve TAA-eligible workers, unemployed and underemployed Vermonters, veterans, New Americans and other individuals with limited education and career experience.
“With resources provided through the TAACCCT grant, coupled with a proven track record for innovation, flexibility, pragmatism, and results, CCV is perfectly positioned to showcase Vermont’s ‘can-do’ drive to make the most of this federal investment in our economic viability,” said Tiffany Keune, Director of Workforce Education at CCV. “It will help Vermonters work to their full potential and support employers in maintaining and growing healthy businesses, thereby strengthening the Vermont economy.”
CCV will also work closely with Vermont Technical College (VTC) to align programming at both institutions to provide seamless transfer from CCV to VTC. Specifically, the initiative will create pathways from CCV’s programs to Vermont Tech’s two and four-year degrees to further increase opportunities for job advancement for Vermont employees. The colleges have an existing pathway program for students seeking degrees in nursing and renewable energy and the grant will expand upon this work.
“CCV is delighted to receive funding in this round of the TAACCCT grant awards,” said CCV President Joyce Judy. “It will provide training and educational opportunities for Vermonters by creating an even stronger partnership between CCV and Vermont Tech, and help Vermont employees gain the skills they need to be successful in the workforce.”
The program will help Vermonters with limited skills enter a pathway to a career, while also helping higher skilled Vermonters move into upper-level positions or encore careers. It is a comprehensive approach that will solidify partnerships of organizations statewide, while leveraging experiential learning to move people down a career pathway more quickly.
“The Community College of Vermont plays an important role in training Vermonters to meet the needs of our employers,” said Penne Ciaraldi, Executive Director of Workforce Education at CCV. “Our goal is to make sure we provide the training and education workers need to enter and advance in high demand career fields. This investment in our workforce is critical to the financial wellbeing of Vermont workers, employers and our economy. CCV is pleased to be a round four recipient of the TAACCCT grant and we look forward to partnering closely with Vermont Technical College, employers and community partners.”
In 2011, CCV was awarded the TAACCCT round-one grant, formerly known as the Community College Career Training Grant. This grant resulted in the development of the medical assisting, digital marketing and applied businesses practices programs. Medical assisting is now one of CCV’s largest programs.
TAACCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. Through these multi-year grants, the Department of Labor is helping to ensure that our nation’s institutions of higher education are helping adults succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers.
CCV thanks the United States Congressional delegation from Vermont for their support in securing this grant.
For more information about CCV’s workforce training initiatives, contact email@example.com.
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CCV is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.
CCV is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Programs developed in part with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.