Special to the Journal
Macon, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement announcing the awarding of a new and continuing grant from the Department of Labor to assist Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia. A total of 57 grants were awarded throughout the United States through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. These grants are used to promote quality targeted trade programs that focus on unemployed workers seeking further skills training.
“I am very grateful for these grants and the positive impact they will have on our unemployment rate and post-secondary education initiatives in Middle Georgia,” said Congressman Bishop. “I commend the Department of Labor for its commitment to increasing access to targeted training for America’s workers. Skills training programs and partnerships with educational institutions will strengthen the American workforce and contribute to long-term economic growth.”
“We are very excited and honored to have been selected as one of the few colleges in Georgia to receive this round of grant funding from the Department of Labor. These opportunities will be open to all students, but our special target groups are veterans, unemployed individuals, and displaced workers as a result of jobs moving overseas,” said Dr. Amy Holloway, vice president for Academic Affairs at Central Georgia Technical College. “By leveraging our existing partnerships with local healthcare providers and our local chambers of commerce, we can create affordable, short-term training programs that target the needs of healthcare employers and help transition these individuals back into the workplace. This is good news for our college and community.”
The Department of Labor granted a continuing award of $2,622,429 to Central Georgia Technical College to create and expand online training programs. The proposed project will be designed for TAA-eligible workers, veterans, and other adult learners to obtain certification necessary for careers in the health care industry.
The grant will support implementation of the Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance, a local workforce network to provide training for careers in health services/health sciences. The funding will be used to expand support services, such as tutoring, and to upgrade instructional technology infrastructure so that healthcare training can be provided across Central Georgia Technical College’s 11-county service area.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program is a multiyear initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers in order to prepare them for employment in high skill, high wage occupations in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.