Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced $475 million in grants in 2013 to expand demand-driven skills training and the strengthening of employer partnerships. The full announcement can be found on the Department of Labor website. One of the 57 grants was to lead institution Midlands Community College for $25 million for a healthcare workforce development initiative. The $25 million will fund a consortium of six colleges in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. A complete list of all awards in 2013 can be found the Department of Labor website, along with applicant details, project summaries and technical proposals, all of which are available for download.
The consortium members and the sums they will receive are:
The six colleges will implement BOOST: Better Occupational Outcomes with Simulation Training — New Pathways to Healthcare Careers. BOOST's short-term, stackable certificates will be replicated at all of the colleges in the consortium to demonstrate how a well-structured program for entry-level health-care workers guided by employers and infused with technology can lead to higher credential completion and worker retention rates in a variety of socioeconomic or geographic locations. BOOST utilizes a strong online component with reduced time to completion. Many students must travel great distances to attend classes, so much of the content will be delivered or reinforced online.
The grant announcement was made as part of Round III of the TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) grant program. More can be read about TAACCCT grants at the DOL ETA website.
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