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Letter to Donna Kelly, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

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Location: St. Louis, MO

Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO) sent a letter of support this week to the United States Department of Labor, seeking approval of a grant totalling nearly id="mce_marker"5 million, which will be used by community and technical colleges to train unemployed Missouri residents.

The grant was requested by MoManufacturingWINs, a consortium which includes nine of Missouri's community and public technical colleges. The grant requested by the consortium is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program. TAACCCT was created by the 2009 Recovery Act championed by President Obama.

TAACCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.

The TAACCCT grant application was submitted by St. Louis Community College (STLCC) on behalf of the consortium and the total amount requested is id="mce_marker"4,969,910.

"The most important thing Congress can do right now is help put Americans back to work," said Rep. Carnahan. "We also know that when workers are unemployed, their skills are degrading and they are not gaining any new experiences to make them more employable. These grants would change all that. Job training education will allow unemployed students to keep their skills sharp, while building a new set of job skills that will allow them to move to a good, high-paying job. I very much hope the Department of Labor will work with MoManufacturingWINs to make these plans a reality in Missouri."

Rep. Carnahan also noted that Missouri was successful in securing a TAACCCT grant to support the MoHealthWINs program in the previous funding round. The same consortium is currently implementing a plan to spend $20 million state-wide to train TAA eligible individuals and other adults for work in the health services/health sciences industry.

Text of letter belowÂ…

Donna Kelly
Employment and Training Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room N4655
Washington, D.C. 20210

Re: MoManufacturingWINs, SGA/DFA PY 11-08, CFDA:17.282

Dear Ms. Kelly:

I am writing in strong support of MoManufacturingWINs, Missouri's consortium application for funding in the second round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants program, funding opportunity number SGA/DFA PY 11-08, catalog of federal domestic assistance number 17.282. The application was submitted by St. Louis Community College (STLCC) on behalf of the consortium and the total amount requested is id="mce_marker"4,969,910.

The consortium, which includes nine of Missouri's community and public technical colleges, will support new approaches to training unemployed, underemployed, and low-skilled Missourians. Program participants will earn certificates that will allow them to work in Missouri's essential and rapidly advancing manufacturing sector, including production, industrial maintenance, machining, and welding.

I am especially proud of STLCC's leading role in the consortium. STLCC will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant and will oversee implementation of the statewide initiative. STLCC is a pillar of my district, providing a solid educational foundation and job training to thousands of students in the St. Louis region. I am confident that STLCC will provide outstanding leadership and organization for the success of this grant.

In addition to their statewide leadership, STLCC will also use the grant funds to support innovative skills training programs in the St. Louis region. STLCC will develop curriculum and offer programs leading to credentials including Certified Production Technician (CPT); Safety, Quality/Measurement, Processes and Production; Maintenance Awareness; National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level I, Measurement, Materials, and Safety; Machining Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout; additional Level I machining certifications based on local industry feedback; and Certified Logistics Associate (CLA). The appropriate equipment is necessary to carry out these training programs so STLCC will purchase computer numerical control (CNC) lathes, CNC mills, and CNC simulators. Top-notch, specialized educators ensure that students get the skills they need to succeed in the modern manufacturing workplace so STLCC will also hire specialists in developmental education and digital literacy.

Missouri was successful in securing a TAACCCT grant to support the MoHealthWINs program in the previous funding round. The consortium is currently implementing a plan to spend $20 million state-wide to train Trade Adjustment Assistance eligible individuals and other adults for work in the health services/health sciences industry. Their stewardship of this program gives me great confidence in this consortium's ability to manage and implement a state-wide grant of this magnitude. The experience they have gained from working on the MoHealthWINs program has prepared them well for executing the MoManufacturingWINs grant in an efficient and effective way, making this consortium and this program an excellent investment of federal dollars.

Manufacturing is essential to the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri. There is an important unmet need in our community for innovative training programs that will match the training of unemployed, underemployed, and low-skilled Missourians with the skills necessary for the manufacturing jobs that are going unfilled in my district and the state. I strongly urge you to give full consideration to the merits of the MoManufacturingWINs application for the TAACCCT grant program.

Sincerely,

Russ Carnahan
Member of Congress


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