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2017 January 5 - 03:52 pm

Grants & Gifts

A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation

Delgado Community College (La.) has been awarded of $125,000 from Capital One Foundation. The purpose of this funding is to explore opportunities of bridging non-credit to credit programing. This $125,000 award will be a yearly installment for up to three years for this initiative totaling $375,000, plus $50,000 the college received last year for a total of a $425,000 investment in Delgado from the foundation. “We are very excited to have been selected, and this award builds on a relationship with Capital One Foundation that we have been cultivating for some time,” said Larissa Littleton- Steib, Delgado vice chancellor for workforce development and technical education. Chancellor Joan Davis said, “We are proud of our growing partnership with Capital One. This award from the Capital One Foundation demonstrates their confidence in the innovation in workforce development and education provided by Delgado Community College.” Delgado is a part of the Capital One Foundation’s Community College Workforce Development (CCWD) cohort, which is currently in the second phase of funding to focus on the implementation of a multi-year grant program.

Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges (Calif.) are partnering with industry leaders and others in creating an ambitious workforce development program in San Diego County and the Inland Empire to educate and train people from underserved populations at no cost for highskilled, indemand jobs, thanks to a new $6 million federal Department of Labor grant. The America’s Promise grant will fund programs that prepare area residents for jobs in industries that have traditionally relied on the H-1B visa program, which allow employers to fill workforce needs by temporarily hiring foreign workers in occupations requiring a specialized knowledge or skill, typically in technical fields. The grant, the only one of its kind in California, was among the largest of more than $111 million awarded in total to 23 colleges, universities and workforce partnerships across the country. Dubbed the SoCal Promise, the new initiative will recruit, train and employ those who have faced job barriers — including veterans, Native Americans, exoffenders and the unemployed — for careers in advanced manufacturing, information technology and emerging technology careers There are plenty of jobs to be had. California has the second largest number of H-1B certifications of any state besides Texas. Specific industries the SoCal Promise will target include robotics; marine engineering, or blue tech; drone technology; bio medical equipment repair; cybersecurity and computer technology. Opportunities will exist for both short- and longterm intensive training for certification and credentials.

Education and training partners include Grossmont College, Cuyamaca College, Mira- Costa College’s Technology Career Institute, the Chaffey College InTech Center and GEAR UP. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally-funded program aimed at significantly increasing the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enroll in college. Industry representatives include the San Diego Maritime Alliance, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California, the National Tool & Machining Association, California Steel Industries and the Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire. As the grant’s fiscal agent, MiraCosta College will oversee expenditures.

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