Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program (TAACCCT)
B - Could fund technology as a primary component of the budget, if the agency receiving the grant chooses to use it for that purpose.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
The TAACCCT program provides capacity-building grants to drive innovation and the development of model training programs at America’s community colleges and universities. TAACCCT-funded programs will prepare participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations by using innovative and sophisticated strategies that address the unique needs of unemployed or under-employed adults. Throughout previous rounds of TAACCCT, grantees have transformed the ways they design and deliver courses to adults through accelerated learning strategies, redesigned curricula, and technology-enhanced learning activities. These have included the incorporation of prior learning and knowledge, integrated occupational and academic learning, new educational technology, work-based learning opportunities, and online and distance learning opportunities.
The overarching goals of the TAACCCT program are to:
- Increase attainment of degrees, certifications, certificates, diplomas, and other industry-recognized credentials that match the skills needed by employers to better prepare TAA-eligible workers and other adults for high-wage, high-skill employment or re-employment in growth industry sectors;
- Introduce or replicate innovative and effective methods for designing and delivering instruction that address specific industry needs and lead to improved learning, completion, and other outcomes for TAA-eligible workers and other adults; and
- Demonstrate improved employment outcomes.
Successful applicants will propose strategies that take to scale the adoption of policies, supported by evidence where it exists, that increase training retention, completion, and promote faster time to employment. Applicants are also encouraged to pursue strategies that lead to increased wages compared to prior employment of participants.
Successful applicants will propose projects that address all of these core elements:
Core Element 1: Evidence-Based Design:
Successful applicants will develop new strategies, or replicate or adapt existing evidence-based strategies, and will be committed to using data for continuous improvement of programs that provide workers with the education and skills to succeed in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
Core Element 2: Career Pathways:
Career pathway programs offer a clear sequence of education coursework and/or training credentials aligned with employer-validated work readiness standards and competencies and integrate academic and occupational skills training. Career Pathways are focused on one or more industry sectors. For TAA-eligible workers and other adults, these components, integrated within a comprehensive workforce and education strategy, can provide opportunities to earn a variety of post-secondary credentials that have labor market value.
Core Element 3: Advanced Online and Technology-Enabled Learning:
Successful applicants will incorporate online and/or technology-enabled learning strategies into their program design. Successful applicants will consider the use of technology to enable rolling and open enrollment processes, modularize content delivery, simulate assessments and training, and accelerate course delivery strategies.
Core Element 4: Strategic Alignment with the Workforce System and Other Stakeholders:
Successful applicants will demonstrate that they have performed outreach to, and gathered information on, relevant entities in the community(-ies) to be served by the project, including entities that can provide data on the characteristics and skill needs of workers receiving TAA benefits and services in the community. Applicants will also provide evidence of outreach to ensure leveraging of existing supports and services already available to participants in the region.
Core Element 5: Alignment with Previously-Funded TAACCCT Projects:
To minimize duplication and to broaden the geographic reach of their projects, all applicants should coordinate efforts where possible with educational institutions funded through prior rounds of TAACCCT.
Core Element 6: Sector Strategies and Employer Engagement:
Applicants are required to develop new and/or take to scale successful industry sector strategies. These sector strategies must focus on addressing employers’ workforce needs by expanding or improving applicants’ education and training programs based on the use of both traditional and real-time labor market information.
History of Funding
Details of previous grants awards can be found at http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct/grantawards.cfm
It is expected that most applicants will include three specific types of allowable activities to support their projects:
- hiring and/or training additional instructors or staff (including the costs of salaries and benefits) to assist in the development and/or delivery of new curricula, and in the establishment of internships, Registered Apprenticeship, or clinical/cooperative education programs at employer sites;
- purchasing or upgrading classroom supplies and equipment and/or educational technologies that will contribute to the instructional purpose in education and training courses supported by the grant; and
- costs associated with implementing changes in the time or scheduling of courses.
Eligible institutions are institutions of higher education as defined in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002) which offer programs that can be completed in not more than two years. They include public, proprietary, or other nonprofit educational institutions. Generally, such institutions of higher education include two-year and four-year colleges and universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions.
Applications will be accepted from two types of applicants:
- Single Institution Applicant - Eligible single institution applicants are eligible institutions of higher education.
- Consortium Applicant (Single-State Consortium and Multi-State Consortium Applicants) - Eligible consortium applicants are consortia of three or more eligible institutions of higher education.
The deadline for applications is 4:00 PM ET on July 7, 2014. This is the final year this program will be funded.
Approximately $450 million is available, which the Department intends to award to single and consortium applicants:
- Award Amount for Single Institution Applicants (Single Institution Applicants) grant awards to single eligible institutions will range from $2,260,000 to $2,500,000, up to a total of $150 million.
- Single institution applicants may apply to exceed the maximum funding level of $2,500,000 by proposing a project that addresses regional capacity building activities, as discussed in project type Option 3 "Create Nationally Recognized Competencies and Credentials, as described in the program guidance. Single institution applicants proposing this option may seek up to an additional $750,000, for a total grant award of $3,250,000.
- Award Amount for Consortium Applicants (Single-State Consortium and Multi-State Consortium Applicants) DOL intends to make 15 to 25 grant awards of up to a total of $300 million.
- The Department will provide two tiers of funding for consortium grant awards, based on the number of institutions in the consortium.
Tier 1: These are small consortia comprised of three to 10 consortium members. The awards for consortia of this size will be capped at $10 million.
Tier 2: These are medium to large consortia comprised of 11 or more consortium members. The award for consortia of this size will be capped at $15 million.
- Consortium applicants may apply to exceed the maximum funding level for their tier by proposing to implement only one of the three types of regional or statewide capacity building activities:
(1) Advance State Career Pathway Systems;
(2) Improve Statewide Data Collection, Integration, and Use; or
(3) Create Nationally Recognized Competencies and Credentials.
- The maximum amount of funding that a consortium applicant seeking to exceed the cap may apply for is based on the number of members in the consortium:
Tier 1: Consortia with three to 10 members that meet the conditions below may request an additional level of funding of up to $2 million. The maximum award for consortium of this size is $12 million.
Tier 2: Consortia with 11 or more consortium members that meet the conditions below may request an additional level of funding of up to $5 million. The maximum award for consortium of this size is $20 million.
The period of performance is 48 months, with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2014. Cost sharing or matching funds are not required for this program. Applications that include any form of cost sharing or match will not receive additional consideration under the review.
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