Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants from the U.S. Department of Labor help community colleges and other eligible higher education institutions better deliver education and career training programs, preparing more people for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
More than 700 community colleges have received TAACCCT grants. (See map.)
A new podcast from Jobs for the Future has community college presidents talking about the leadership mindset and strategic approach they’ve taken to scaling and sustaining the impact of TAACCCT at their institutions.
South Central College (SCC) leads the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MnAMP), a consortium of 12 Minnesota State colleges and two Centers of Excellence. In 2015, MnAMP earned a $15 million dollar TAACCCT grant for the “Lean Work Earn” program, aimed at closing the skills gap by implementing models for industry-recognized credentials, career pathways and apprenticeships throughout the state.
It all came about through “shared vision,” SCC President Annette Parker said in the first podcast episode. Parker engaged not only other college presidents and chancellors in Minnesota, but also employers.
“I think that when you create momentum with a group of the willing people that have a shared vision, that understand that we’re doing something big and we’re doing something exciting, that you have got a group of stakeholders that are truly committed to the work and together we can get through whatever we need to do to be successful,” she said.