Capital Community College Part Of Consortium To Aid Workforce In Northeast

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC), composed of Capital Community College and six other community colleges in the Northeastern U.S. and two national organizations Achieving the Dream and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has been awarded $23.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training (TAACCCT) program to develop training programs committed to creating a highly skilled and resilient workforce.

Capital Community College will work collaboratively with its consortium lead Passaic County Community College (NJ) and its co-grantees Atlantic Cape Community College (NJ), Bunker Hill Community College (MA), Housatonic Community College (CT), Kingsborough Community College and LaGuardia Community College (NY). The NRC will become the region's leader in addressing the employment needs of three industry sectors that are instrumental in helping local communities respond, recover, and adapt in times of crises, including health care, information technology, and environmental technologies, all of which are among this region's largest growth industries.

Dr. Mary Ann Affleck, dean of academic affairs, commented on the specific programs that Capital will develop, saying, "This grant will enable Capital to develop degree programs related to cyber-security and green construction, workforce areas that are key in preventing and responding to environmental and technological disasters."

Through a sustained and coordinated effort, Capital Community College will work with Achieving the Dream, the Carnegie Foundation, the community college partners and employers to build regional capacity for helping trade-impacted, unemployed persons, veterans and other workers in obtaining the competencies and credentials needed to transition seamlessly into demand occupations and to advance along a career pathway.

"Capital Community College's participation in this Achieving the Dream initiative is affirmation of our role as a national leader college," said Doris Arrington, the college's Dean of Student Services. "To respond to local educational and workforce needs, while simultaneously broadening access to those who are underserved and underemployed, is central to our mission and what we do best."

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