September 19, 2012
Harkin Announces Nearly $13 Million for Job Training and Workforce Development at Iowa Community Colleges
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that a consortium of local community colleges, led by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), has been awarded a grant of $12,951,165 for targeted job training and workforce development. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative, a program created in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee played a pivotal role in the passage of that measure.
“Rebuilding the middle class will take every available resource and smart investments that retrain workers for good jobs in high-demand industries,” said Harkin. “With this funding, DMACC will lead a consortium that provides the bridge to rebuilding the manufacturing base in Iowa and surrounding states. This is an investment that puts people back to work, helps meet local needs, and reinvigorates the middle class. I thank the Administration for their commitment to this effort and for this important investment in Iowa.”
Consortium members will include: Eastern Iowa Community College, Hawkeye Community College, Iowa Central Community College, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Valley Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Kirkwood Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Southeastern Community College, Southwestern Community College, and Western Iowa Tech Community College. Members will also partner with dozens of employers, business groups, Iowa’s workforce investment boards, and the University of Iowa.
The Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) consortium will collaboratively build training capacity by developing and awarding certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in welding, machining, industrial maintenance, industrial automation, manufacturing technology, robotics, and transportation and logistics. In addition, curricula in these programs will be aligned with third-party certifications, including the NCRC™, AWS, NIMS and MSSC, which are part of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Skills Certification System. As a result, more than 3,000 displaced workers and other adults in need of re-training will be given the opportunity to earn a college credential and industry-recognized certifications in a shortened time frame, making them eligible for high-wage jobs with advancement opportunities in Iowa’s growing manufacturing sector.
Today’s announcement is the second installment in a $2 billion, four-year investment of $500 million in each fiscal years 2011 through 2014 to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs.