Southeast Community College will
soon receive a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship
Building America grant. This grant program was designed to strengthen, modernize, expand
and diversify its Registered Apprenticeship Program to enable more workers to
earn while they learn and find reliable pathways to the middle class.
The funds from “Project ELEVATE” will be used
to create a multi-network registered apprenticeship hub along with Northeast
Community College and Central Community College. The coalition will serve 59
counties or half of the state’s population.
“We are excited to be awarded
the ELEVATE grant that will help us create a flexible earn and learn career
pathways for our service area,” said Amy Chesley, Dean of Continuing Education.
“Our programs will offer flexible instruction combining job related credit
courses with structured on-the-job learning experiences.”
Transportation, manufacturing and information technology
industries will be targeted as part of this grant. Potential jobs include
diesel technicians, computer network specialists, computer system analysts,
machinists, tool and die makers, mechanical drafters, heavy equipment operators,
welders and more. The
grant is effective now through June 2026. Chesley hopes to get staff in place
this fall to start creating apprenticeships
“We take pride in the
opportunity to work alongside business and industry in a time when finding and
retaining talent is of critical importance,” Chesley added. “The goal of our
apprenticeship programs will be to provide workers with advanced skill sets
that meet the specific needs of employers.”
will further the Biden-Harris administration’s goals and priorities for a
strong and equitable post-pandemic economic recovery by connecting Americans to
good quality jobs in priority industry sectors, including critical supply chain
industries and among populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
For more on this topic, click here: https://www.apprenticeship.gov/