CNCC to receive $258,660 through Department of Labor energy grant

Colorado Northwest Community College will receive $258,660 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Colorado Community College System announced Wednesday.

CNCC’s grant is part of a larger $17.3 million package aimed at enhancing energy-related programs and job training at community colleges throughout the state.

“This is very exciting for us,” Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System based in Denver, said in a news release. “These new funds will allow us to invest in curricular redesign and the technology needed to bridge the gap between existing workforce skills and emerging energy needs.

“Community colleges have carefully consulted with energy companies throughout Colorado so that we can design training programs that will equip their future workforces with the skills needed for success in the industry.”

According to the news release, the $17.3 million dollar grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which passed the House of Representatives by a 13-vote margin and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2010, commits $2 billion to fund community college and career training initiatives nationally during the next four years.

Colorado energy certificate and degree programs will be available to students online, through mobile training labs and during compressed weekend site training, providing easy access to residents all over the state, according to the release.

The Colorado Community College System serves more than 162,000 students annually and oversees CNCC, Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Lamar Community College, Morgan Community College, Northeastern Junior Colege, Otero Junior College, Pikes- Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Red Rocks Community College and Trinidad State Junior College.

Local districts also receiving funding are Aims Community College and Colorado Mountain College.

The Community College of Denver will administer the grant.

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