SLCC Receives Part of $450 Million in ‘Job-driven’ Training Grants

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Salt Lake Community College was one of nearly 270 community colleges in the country to receive a portion of $450 million in federal grants.

This grant will accelerate SLCC’s efforts to develop and deliver innovative adult learning models and produce trained workers for high-wage, high-demand jobs in Utah.

Salt Lake Community College this week received a $2.5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor to help train people in Utah for rapid entry into the workforce. Some of the SLCC technical programs that will benefit from the federal funds include information technology, healthcare and manufacturing.

“This grant will accelerate SLCC’s efforts to develop and deliver innovative adult learning models and produce trained workers for high-wage, high-demand jobs in Utah,” said Kevin Brockbank, dean of the SLCC School of Applied Technology and Professional Development.

Nearly 270 community colleges across the country were awarded shares of the $450 million in grants announced Monday by Vice President Joe Biden in coordination with the departments of Labor and Education as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training competitive grant program.

The money will help SLCC partner with business and industry to expand and improve coursework that will help educate and train job seekers for in-demand positions with sought-after companies. The news comes at a time when job growth in the U.S. has been steadily on the rise.

“The award will also help position SLCC as a leader in competency-based education (CBE) and other innovative, open educational practices,” said Nicole Omer, director of SLCC’s Office of Sponsored Projects, which oversees grants and contracts at the college. “Currently, no other community college in the country has developed CBE, prior learning assessment or e-learning on as large of a scale or multi-disciplinary format.”

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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