As a result of being part of two educational consortiums, Ivy Tech Community College will benefit from U.S. Department of Labor grants focused on improving training for manufacturing and bioscience careers.
Ivy Tech is part of the Wichita Area Technical College Consortium in Wichita, Kan., which received a more than $14.9 million grant to provide accelerated training across five states in aviation manufacturing.
Ivy Tech also is part of the Fortsyth Technical Community College Consortium in Winston-Salem, N.C., which received a grant of nearly $15 million to develop new credentials to include certificates in core biosciences skills, core laboratory skills, core medical devices skills, biomedical plastics and environmental monitoring.
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said Wednesday the $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country were the second installment of a $2 billion, four-year program. The Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
"This strategic investment will enhance ties among community colleges, universities, employers and other local partners while ensuring that students have access to the skills and resources they need to compete for high-wage, high-skill careers," Solis said in a news release.
Educational institutions will use these funds to create affordable training programs that meet industry needs, invest in staff and educational resources, and provide access to free, digital learning materials, according to the Department of Labor.