Vermont's Congressional Delegation and Governor Peter Shumlin todayannounced a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) award of $2.4 million to the Community College of Vermont in Waterbury for job training.
The funds are a part of a $2 billion DOL program investing in job training at community colleges around the country.
"These funds will be a big boost to the Community College of Vermont's efforts to prepare Vermonters for tomorrow's economy," said Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Representative Welch in a joint statement. "In order for Vermont to stay competitive, our colleges must equip the workforce with skillsets that match the changing needs of local businesses. This award affirms the important work that CCV is doing training Vermont workers and it is an important investment in our economy's future."
"The USDOL's funding of this grant will help provide Vermonters with skill training for good jobs with real potential for personal and economic advancement, giving them the tools they need to succeed in a competitive and global economy," said Governor Shumlin. "This grant will allow CCV and its partners to develop customized assessments and job training instruction, both in the classroom and online, leading to certificates and credentials that will open doors to good job opportunities for more Vermonters. It will help those Vermonters who are now unemployed and under-employed, or who have lost their jobs due to trade or other economic impacts, as well as those with special barriers to employment. We are very grateful to the US Department of Labor and Secretary Perez and to our entire federal delegation for their continued support of workforce development efforts here in Vermont."
Joyce Judy, President of the Community College of Vermont, also cheered the awarding of this grant and stressed that the funds will be used in close partnership with Vermont Technical College.
"The awarding of this latest TAACCCT grant is great news for both CCV and the state of Vermont," said Judy. "CCV was able to implement some very effective workforce training initiatives with the funding received in a previous grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Moving forward, this award will allow us to create more streamlined and targeted pathways for Vermonters to move easily from CCV into Vermont Tech as well as the workforce."
The Community College of Vermont will use the funds to support job training for careers in health care, manufacturing and the agribusiness industry.