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Northern Virginia Community College Receives U.S. Department of Labor Grant to Lead STEM Workforce Initiative

NVTC Board member organization Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) recently received a $12.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to lead, through its Credential to Careers program, a consortium with six other colleges to develop new, employer-driven career pathways in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis toured Northern Virginia Family Services’ Training Futures facility in McLean, Va., on Sept. 27 to highlight the grant, which will be administered by the U.S. Department of Labor in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. Training Futures is a nonprofit community-based partner of Northern Virginia Community College.

The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as STEM careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers.

In this three-year effort, the consortium will develop the capacity of participating community colleges to deliver STEM education and career training programs to TAA-eligible workers and will enhance, expand and create replicable best-in-class practices and strategies designed to prepare TAA-eligible workers and others for high-wage, high-skill jobs and credentials in STEM industries.

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