Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Cincinnati State will expand its welding degree program to its Middletown campus and bolster its new supply chain management program with the aid of two federal grants totaling nearly $3.5 million that were announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The grants are part of a $450 million package of awards under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative that were announced Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden.  The grants went to 71 community colleges across the country.

The awards to Cincinnati State total $3.498 million:

  • The college received a single-institution grant of $2,498,888 to develop its supply chain management and logistics program, including the creation of a materials handling training center. Cincinnati State will expand on its recent creation of a new Supply Chain Management Associate Degree, as well as the development of the Tri-State Transportation & Logistics Council to provide employer-driven training.
  • Cincinnati State will also benefit from a grant to Lorain County Community College for the Ohio TechNet statewide consortium, which involves 11 other Ohio community colleges and will focus on Advanced Manufacturing.  Cincinnati State requested $1,000,000 of this grant to expand its welding program to our Middletown Campus.  The College created an associate degree program in welding with the assistance of a 2013 Department of Labor grant, and the resulting demand for training in welding led to the plans to offer the program at the Middletown campus.  Funds from the new grant will be used to establish and equip a welding lab in the Middletown area.

“Both of these grants will help us educate and train students for high quality jobs, continuing the college’s long tradition of providing programs in answer to the workforce needs of area employers,” said Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens. “We’re grateful to our partners – in industry, higher education and in government – for helping us come up with the tools to make this possible.”

The grants announced this week are the third and fourth to Cincinnati State under the TAACCT program. Cincinnati State in 2011 was named the lead partner in a $19.6 million Health Professions Pathway Consortium grant, and in 2013 received a TAACCT grant to establish the Greater Cincinnati Manufacturing Careers Accelerator.

Lawra J. Baumann, director of grant administration at Cincinnati State, said the new TAACCT grants are aligned with a regional effort known as the Southwest Ohio Aerospace Region Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership. She said support from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and a wide range of political, business and civic leaders helped build support for the projects in Washington.


The TAACCT program is designed to help community colleges provide programming that is particularly useful for veterans and for unemployed, underemployed and trade-impacted residents.

“These investments will help prepare workers with the skills needed for in-demand careers and advance the role of community colleges as engines of economic growth,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, in announcing the grants Tuesday.

The TAACCT program requires community colleges to expand employer engagement throughout the grant process. These employer and industry partners are then encouraged to  identify skills and competencies needed in their workforce, and assist community colleges in designing curricula, programs, assessments or credentials that can help connect with Perez described as “ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.” The TAACCT grants are focused on such industries as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and encourage geographic and industry sector collaboration. All course materials developed using grant funds will be available as Open Educational Resources so that others can access and build on successful training models.

Baumann said the programs that Cincinnati State has established through the federal grants typically include career counseling, supportive services, prior learning assessments and accelerated curriculum opportunities.

For more information regarding the Ohio TechNet Consortium grant of which Cincinnati State is a member, contact Terri Burgess Sandu, Director, Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, Lorain County Community College, at (440) 366-4215.

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