News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
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October 12, 2012

York Technical College Among the Colleges Receiving Grant Funding Aimed at Expanding Job Training through Partnerships with Local Employers

ROCK HILLU.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced recently that a consortium of colleges across South Carolina, including York Technical College, will receive $14.1 million in grant funds for the development of programs focused on advanced manufacturing. Solis made the announcement at Greenville Technical College. In addition to York Tech and Greenville Tech, other consortium members include Spartanburg Community College, Technical College of the Lowcountry, Tri-County Technical College, Trident Technical College, and Clemson University’s Center for Workforce Development.

Through four strategies, this SC ACCELERATE Partnership combines evidence-based research and best practices to form a regional vision that will help adult learners get on career tracks by being able to develop their credentials into long-range portfolios of competencies. Project activities include the implementation of adult postsecondary transition centers to help adult learners get on a career track aided by specialized support services; comprehensive academic and skill assessments; new instructional delivery systems to accelerate time to credential attainment through modular curricula offering fractional credit, and blended learning; self-paced technology-enhanced supplemental resources; assistance for entrepreneurs potentially including online coursework; and improved consistency across the partner colleges in the transfer and articulation of academic credits.

"These federal grants are part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening American businesses by strengthening the American workforce," said Solis. "These funds are going to expand the great work already going on at Greenville Technical College and across South Carolina to ensure that students of all ages have access to the skills and resources they need to compete for high-wage, high-skill careers."

York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford said, “This new project will provide current and potential new employers in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties with a pipeline of people with advanced manufacturing skills — the kinds of skills that will move our region’s economy forward.”

The South Carolina consortium is one of many grant recipients. In total, $500 million in grants will go to community colleges and universities across the country for the development of innovative training programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative (TAACCCT), which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about the grant program including a list of grantees and project descriptions by state, visit http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct.

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730