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KCKCC receives $2.9 million grant to expand career training program

September 21, 2012

Kansas City Kansas Community College has been awarded a $2.9 million grant through the Trade Adjustment Assistant Community College and Career Training Program.

The $2,966,045 grant for KCKCC’s Training for Employment, or T4E, program was announced Wednesday by the Department of Labor. The grant will enable the program to transition participants to high-wage, high-skill employment while meeting employer needs by expanding and improving KCKCC’s ability to deliver education and career training programs in two years or less for eligible workers.

Dr. Marvin Hunt, dean of Business and Continuing Education, said the grant would enable KCKCC to create career pathways in construction and advanced manufacturing; develop articulation agreements with four-year institutions; utilize multimedia instructional techniques; and offer innovative training in financial literacy, employability and entrepreneurship training.

Training will focus on many certificate programs related to construction in areas such as electrical, heating and refrigeration and building and property maintenance. KCKCC also would strengthen its advanced manufacturing training in machine technology and welding areas and add value through green-technology training.

In addition, T4E will create a Transition to Employment Center to support employment services in conjunction with area employment agencies.

KCKCC was one of two colleges in Kansas receiving the Department of Labor grants, which focus on Trade Adjustment Assistance-eligible workers, veterans and other unemployed adults. Wichita Area Technical College also received a grant to create a consortium with training institutions in four other states.

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