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Community Colleges Awarded $24.6 Million for Job Training

Posted on | September 30, 2011 | Comments Off

The UH Community Colleges will receive $24.6 million to partner with Hawaiʻi’s businesses and state agencies to develop new training programs and support existing ones to provide pathways that lead to jobs in the agriculture, energy and health industries.

In support of Hawaiʻi’s initiatives to diversify its economy and improve its food and energy self-sufficiency, the multi-year grant will provide UHCC with resources to integrate stronger online and technology components into curriculum development to help people complete their education and train for jobs that are needed in today’s highly competitive economy.

The grant money comes from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, part of the $500 million first-installment of a $2 billion, four-year investment designed to increase opportunities for the unemployed announced by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“This is a wonderful testimony to the cooperative spirit here at the University of Hawaiʻi and with our partners around the state,” says President M.R.C. Greenwood. “For one of the smallest states in the country to receive the largest award shows that others are also recognizing the level of excellence in our community colleges and the leadership they’re demonstrating in building the workforce and economic opportunities for Hawaiʻi’s future.”

“Innovation is the key to opening doors to new opportunities for our students,” says John Morton, vice president for community colleges. “This grant allows us to create, innovate and develop new approaches to aggressively train more students in occupations that offer the greatest potential for a diverse economy and a better quality of life for everyone.”

The UHCC consortium for this grant includes Hawaiʻi, Honolulu (lead institution), Kapiʻolani, Kauaʻi, Leeward, Maui and Windward.

Read the news release.

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