The recent announcements of three federal grants mean that Central Carolina Technical College will be the recipient of more than $5 million over the next 5 years. Two of the grants totaling $2.9 million are from the U.S. Department of Education's Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Awards grant program, while the third, a $2.05 million grant for workforce development, comes from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) grant program.
The PBI grants were part of $24 million announced to 62 colleges across the United States to enhance their capacity to serve low and middle-income African American students. Colleges receiving funds under the two programs are defined as predominantly black institutions with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 40 percent African American and at least 50 percent low-income or first-generation college students. At Central Carolina these PBI grants will be used for several different initiatives, all of which are centered on the recruitment, retention and graduation of African American students including: a new career services center, which will offer career planning, program selection counseling, resume writing and interview skills training, and workplace readiness "soft-skills" training; a new accelerated learning format designed to help students who test into developmental studies programs reduce their transition time into college-level courses; and a new leadership and mentoring program for African American male students. In support of these broader goals, the PBI Grants will also fund for a new computer lab, a mobile computing lab to be used at outreach locations, testing and new dual-enrollment courses in secondary schools, and training and workshops for students, faculty and staff.
The purpose of the $2.05 million TAA grant awarded to Central Carolina is to assist in the retraining of unemployed workers for jobs in emerging industries, and is part of a larger $20 million award to Clemson University and 10 of the State's technical colleges. At Central Carolina, approximately $700,000 will be spent to upgrade the equipment in the College's Machine Tool and CNC lab. These upgrades will make the lab a state-of-the-art facility, equipped to match most industrial settings today. The College will also establish a workforce development center that will assist students upon completion of their training to have the career counseling, resume development, and interview skills necessary to become employed in their chosen field.
According to Central Carolina President, Dr. Tim Hardee, "This grant will enable Central Carolina to assist individuals throughout of four county service area that have lost their jobs due to the economy and retrain these individuals for the current job market. The over 4,400 students currently enrolled at Central Carolina will benefit from the establishment of a workforce development center at the College, which will assist each student as they prepare to enter the world of work. With the decrease in State funding that colleges in SC have received over the last few years, we are fortunate to be able to successfully receive grant funding to assist us as we continue our delivery of high quality programs of study."
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Date/Time Published:10/9/2014 2:08