Bustos urges community colleges to apply for grants to help close skills gap

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has made available grants to help close the skills gap by creating and expanding innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train workers with the skills employers need.  The grants are available through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT).    

“As the mother to three sons, I know firsthand how important a quality and affordable education is to building a middle class life,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “The colleges and universities in our region that I toured earlier this month offer a pathway to success to many, and I urge them to apply for these grants that would help close the skills gap and train workers for the good-paying jobs of today and the future.”

Earlier this month, Bustos held a week-long “Communities Working Together For Jobs” community college tour across the 17th Congressional District of Illinois.  During this tour, Bustos learned more about the ways local community colleges and businesses are coming together to address the skills gap, increase American manufacturing and put people back to work.

The Department of Labor administers the TAACCCT in close collaboration with the Department of Education. This initiative is one component of President Obama’s plan to help every American have at least one year of postsecondary education and for America to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

Further details about this grant availability, including information about how to apply, requirements for grant applications, and other important information, can be found in the solicitation for grant applications (SGA) available at http://www.grants.gov.  The closing date for this solicitation for grant applications (SGA) for Single Institution Applications is June 18, 2013, and for Consortium Applicants is July 3, 2013.