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Federal Funding to Aid HCC Job-Training Programs

September 30, 2014, 4:18 PM HST
* Updated September 30, 4:23 PM
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Unites States Senator Brain Schatz announced Monday that nearly $10 million in federal funding is being awarded to community colleges across the state.

The funding, released through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education, will help support job-training programs at seven colleges in Hawai‘i. 

Hawai‘i Community College in Hilo is one of the seven community colleges set to receive funding.

Others included are: Maui College, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauai Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College.

According to Senator Schatz, “The $10 million in federal funding will help community colleges offer new, in-demand courses focused on information technology and health care, giving Hawai‘i’s students new career opportunities and a better shot at success.

“One of the best ways to grow our local economy is to invest in programs that will give Hawai‘i’s workers the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The funding will be used to both hire and train instructors in order to develop their ability to offer in-demand courses or certifications, as well as to leverage online learning, develop new curriculum, training models, and purchase new equipment.

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