Colleges Get $15 Million Jobs Grant

Dr. Jannett Jackson,
College of Alameda President

Dr. Elñora Webb,
Laney College President

The Peralta Community College District is part of an East Bay Consortium of colleges led by Los Medanos College from the Contra Costa Community College District that was awarded a $14.9 million grant this week from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced Thursday more than $500 million in grants for community colleges and universities nationwide. Colleges from around the U.S. will receive funds to expand job training through local employer partnerships. Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College and Merritt College in Oakland – are part of an East Bay Consortium that also includes Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, Ohlone College, Chabot College, Solano College, CSU East Bay and University of California, Berkeley. Peralta will receive $5.4 million of the $14.9 awarded to the consortium, with College of Alameda and Laney College each receiving $1.8 million ($600,000 each per year over the three year grant period) and Merritt College and Berkeley City College each receiving $900,000 ($300,000 each per year for three years). “I am very pleased that the Department of Labor has recognized the unique role that community colleges play in workforce development and job training,” said José M. Ortiz, Ed.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.  “I want to also thank Congresswoman Barbara Lee for her support during this grant process.” The grants are designated to provide training in such fields as manufacturing, transportation, health care, science, technology and engineering. The program was created in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and funded within the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Funds will be used for community colleges around the country for targeted training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers.
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