Roane State will be offering a non-college credit training curriculum in carbon fiber and solar energy to meet the needs of Innovation Valley manufacturing firms and Confluence Solar.

Dept._of_Labor_SealWASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $125 million in grants to 41 community colleges and organizations. This round is the fifth and final of Community-Based Job Training Grant awards. Awardees were chosen from among 323 applications received in response to a competition first announced on March 15. Of the full amount, nearly $74 million is dedicated to applicants that have never received a Community-Based Job Training Grant.

“The $125 million awarded today will create opportunities for working Americans to train for high-demand occupations with the help of our nationwide community college system,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Our goal is to help workers across the country prepare for and secure good jobs, and with support from these colleges and other critical stakeholders, we’ll ensure we reach a broad base of individuals in need.”

Community-Based Job Training Grants improve the ability of community colleges to train and prepare workers for employment in high growth and other emerging industries. This last round of competitive awards will focus primarily on providing services to workers who are unemployed (can include the long-term unemployed, such as individuals who have been unemployed for six months or more), dislocated and incumbent.

The 41 grants awarded today will support projects in 26 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

Over the last four years, approximately $622 million has been awarded to 301 community colleges and other organizations in 49 states to promote job training, education and the U.S. workforce’s full potential. More than 147,000 individuals have received education and training through the first four rounds of these grants.

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Additional Comments from Roane State Community College
Roane-State-BannerRoane State will be offering a non-college credit training curriculum in carbon fiber for many of the Innovation Valley manufacturing firms. Roane State will also be offering a non-college credit training curriculum in solar energy to meet the needs of Confluence Solar, a large solar panel firm locating to Clinton Tennessee, as well as other solar energy manufacturing firms.

Roane State will establish an Advanced Materials Training and Education Center (AMTEC) in Oak Ridge in classroom and lab space offered by CROET, Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, that develops and subleases property and equipment owned by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Roane State will be releasing additional details soon.

Source: Roane State Community College
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