[A2k] VIP: DoL Community College & Career Training Grants and Webinar Save the Date

Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini at gmail.com
Thu Jan 20 10:59:35 PST 2011

Governo americano anuncia verba de quase 2 bilhoes de dolares e preve
investimento pesado em Recursos Educacionais Abertos e gratuitos! :-)

(2 billion for training and OER project grants by US gov!)

Ma...para Blog! :-)


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Also DOL has a press release up now, mentions OER.


 *ETA News Release: [01/20/2011]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-1436-NAT*
US Labor Department encourages applications for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Community College and Career Training Grant Program

*WASHINGTON* — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a solicitation
for grant applications under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community
College and Career Training Grant Program. The Labor Department will award
approximately $500 million this year through the program and a total of $2
billion over the next four years. Grants will support the development and
improvement of postsecondary programs of two years or less that use
evidence-based or innovative strategies to prepare students for successful
careers in growing and emerging industries. The program will be administered
by the Labor Department in coordination with the U.S. Department of

By helping to increase the number of workers who attain degrees,
certificates and other industry-recognized credentials, the program
underscores President Obama's commitment to help every American have at
least one year of postsecondary education. The program also furthers the
president's efforts to ensure that by 2020 the United States once again has
the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

"Everyone, especially the trade-impacted workers who are the focus of this
program, deserves access to the level of education necessary to obtain
employment that can support a family," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L.
Solis. "These grants will help colleges create programs that make it
possible for workers to come back to school and acquire skills and
industry-recognized credentials needed to compete for good jobs in growing

The grant program is authorized through the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009's amendments to the Trade Adjustment Assistance
Act. The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, signed by the
president on March 30, 2010, provides the funding beginning in fiscal year

Applicants must be community colleges or other two-year degree granting
institutions of higher education as defined in the Higher Education Act of
1965. The grants will enable eligible institutions to expand their capacity
to create new education or training programs — or improve existing ones — to
meet the needs of local or regional businesses. By statute, every state, as
well as the District of Columbia and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, will
receive at least $2.5 million each year in grant awards.

The grant program will expand opportunities for workers by: accelerating
progress and reducing time to completion; improving retention and
achievement rates; building instructional programs that meet industry needs;
and strengthening online and technology-enabled learning.

The grants will provide postsecondary institutions with an opportunity to
develop and make innovative use of a variety of evidence-based learning
materials, including cutting-edge shared courses and open educational
resources. These resources would be available online for free, greatly
expanding learning opportunities for students and workers. In addition,
these learning tools will help schools and students tailor education so each
worker can have a better opportunity for success in the classroom and job

"These grants will help educators and industry work together to ensure that
more students are graduating with the skills that employers need," said
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "This program is not about tinkering —
it's about transformation. This is not about getting more students to enroll
— it's about getting more students to graduation day and into good jobs."

The program is designed to have a lasting impact on higher education,
emphasizing collection of student outcome data and evaluation to build
knowledge about which strategies best help students gain skills and
credentials that are valuable in the workforce. The administration sees
community colleges as an ideal place to apply this new approach because they
have been leaders in seeking out strategies that get results.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the online tutorial "Grant
Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants" available
through Workforce3One at http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit.
The solicitation will be available today
Or visit http://www.doleta.gov/grants and click on "Find Grants."

*Carolina Rossini*
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*Coordinator: OER-Brazil
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*carolina.rossini at gmail.com*

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