Lancaster, PA (PRWEB) September 04, 2012
A consortium of fourteen Pennsylvania community colleges, the recipient of a $20 million dollar grant designed to fuel the economic recovery by providing accelerated training to workers in high-growth industries, announced this month they will contract with Applied Educational Systems, Inc.’s (AES) online health science curriculum to achieve the goals of the program.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant seeks to achieve four objectives by providing individual colleges up to $5 million and college consortia up to $20 million.
The four objectives are:
Accelerate progress for low-skilled workers
Build programs that meet current industry needs
Strengthen online and technology-enabled programs
AES played an integral role in the grant process and application. HealthCenter21, their blended elearning curriculum for health science allows community colleges to address all four priorities of the grant request. The scalable platform includes standards-based content for Health Care Foundations, Multi-Skilled Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant and Emergency Medical Services
The U.S. Department of Labor implements the TAAACCCT program in partnership with the Department of Education. They are interested in accessible online learning strategies that allow adults who are struggling to balance the competing demands of work and family to acquire new skills at a time, place, and pace that are convenient for them. The proposed program and e-learning solution satisfied all those needs.
The 14 recipient colleges include:
Bucks County Community College
Butler County Community College
Community College of Allegheny College
Community College of Beaver County
Community College of Philadelphia
Delaware County Community College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Luzerne County Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Northampton Community College
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Reading Area Community College
Westmoreland County Community College
“It’s really rewarding, after the time-intensive grant process, to be able to now put the plan in place,” says AES CEO, Jim Schultz “We worked with the consortium for almost two years to put the pieces together and learned many lessons along the way. Now the real work begins.”
Although HealthCenter21 was written into the grant, the consortium, led by Community College of Philadelphia, followed its own internal procurement processes and put the “Health Care Core Curriculum” component out for competitive bid. In the end, AES won and was awarded a contract for $515,970 over a two and half year period.
AES will work with the consortium to create 14 separate sites, a health care core course, faculty training programs, and a personalized support page for the two-year program.
"The core curriculum is designed to be an introduction to healthcare careers for all students considering a career in healthcare, not just TAACCCT trainees,” said Peter Stroup, former executive director of Pennsylvania TAACCCT Grant Project, “So HealthCenter21 is relevant even for colleges not involved in the health information technology training."
Awards for the 2nd round of the TAACCCT grant will be announced in Fall 2012.
Regarding the application process, Schultz explains, “Ideally we begin working with the schools on the original application, as we did with the Pennsylvania consortium. That is not always possible, and we are still able to help schools with a healthcare emphasis who are awarded the grant and need help executing the program.” He adds, “The Department of Labor is watching for real results. This isn’t designed to simply spend more money on new programs. They want to see more jobs and economic recovery.”
Schools interested in forming and applying for this grant can get more information from this white paper How to Achieve TAACCCT Grant Success, or contact Ned Sheerin, vice president of sales and marketing by emailing neds(at)aeseducation(dot)com or by phone at 1.800.220.2175.
About Applied Educational Systems, Inc. (AES)
Since 1987, Applied Educational Systems has provided learning solutions for career and technical education programs. AES develops online health science, and IT and Business curricula allowing administrators and teachers to receive regularly updated, engaging multimedia content, and keep current with educational standards. Teachers can mix and match the online resources to customize their programs and courses. The modular and flexible online resources allow schools to address a wide range of learners, and enable students’ success in the 21st century. More at http://www.aeseducation.com or follow their blog about education and technology.