$500 million available in Wave 2 of U.S. Department of Labor grant program for community colleges

Jane Park

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced and released a Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for Wave 2 of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT). Wave 2 makes available $500 million to “eligible institutions of higher education… with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less…”

The full announcement, including the SGA, is available at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/Find_grants.cfm, where you can access it as a pdf. As with the first wave of TAACCCT funding, all educational materials created from grant funds must be released under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. For Wave 2, the CC BY license must also be applied to modifications made to pre-existing, grantee-owned content using grant funds.

The SGA also contains requirements for accessibility (“All online and technology-enabled content and courses developed under this SGA must incorporate the principles of universal design (see http://www.cast.org/udl/)”) and technical standards for digital assets (“All digital assets within online and technology-enabled courses… should be produced to maximize interoperability, exchange and reuse. In addition, all assessments and/or other content that result in a student score or grade must conform to industry-leading e-learning open standards and specifications…”).

As previously mentioned, Creative Commons, along with Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative, CAST, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, have been funded by the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide free support to grantees to help them meet these grant requirements. Together, we have formed the Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN), to more effectively help grantees. For more information on OPEN and the free services we will be providing, see http://open4us.org. If you are a Wave 1 grantee, you can also sign up directly for our free services there.

The TAACCCT program supports President Obama’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020 by helping to increase the number of workers who attain degrees, certificates, and other industry-recognized credentials. Applications to the solicitation are now open for Wave 2, and are due May 24, 2012.

2 thoughts on “$500 million available in Wave 2 of U.S. Department of Labor grant program for community colleges”

  1. I just read your announcement of Wave 2 funding for community colleges. I really hope the Obama Administration (which I voted for) does a better job of accountability and focuses the funding on not-for-profit and non-religious educational institutions (i.e. public colleges and universities!!).

    Why?? Taxpayer money has already bailed out banks and private businesses. Then Wave 1 of education stimulus money got siphoned off by Goldman-Sachs and other private equity firms who created the “career colleges” like ITT Tech, Phoenix, and other dubious companies of “higher” education – with main goal of making profits for their shareholders. Our institutions may need reformation, but not in the way it is being done by Arnie Duncan and Congress.

    I am outraged to think that it wasn’t enough that we taxpayers were screwed by Wall Street, Congress and other power-hungry groups in the 2008 crash. Now under attack is one of the cornerstones of a democratic nation, Public education. US Public education has been excoriated not only by state legislatures like Indiana’s (my state) aggressive voucher system but (perhaps unintentionally) by Federal “education” programs like Wave 1 that steals dollars and students away from our already impoverished public university and community college systems.

    Our government’s recklessness knows no bounds, and the Republican / Tea Party attack on separation of church and state, public education, individual rights and freedom is getting way too help as a result.

    I received an excellent education – both in private Catholic and Public University institutions. I am dismayed that middle and lower income American children are losing access to the chances my one-income blue-collar parents were able to give me, with the help of a saner educational system and government.

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