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Schatz announces $10M for job-training programs


U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has announced nearly $10 million in federal funding to community colleges across Hawaii.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, 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 Hawaii.

“One of the best ways to grow our local economy is to invest in programs that will give Hawaii’s workers the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” Schatz said. “The $10 million in federal funding will help community colleges offer new, in-demand courses focused on information technology and health care, giving Hawaii’s students new career opportunities and a better shot at success.”

The $9,999,870 investment will benefit seven schools, including, Maui College, Hawaii Community College in Hilo, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauai Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College.

Funding will be used to hire or train instructors to expand their capacity to offer in-demand courses or certifications, leverage online learning, develop new curricula and training models, purchase new equipment to ensure students train on what employers actually use, and solicit feedback from local employers.

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