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STLCC Receives Almost $3 Million to Respond to Employment Needs of the St. Louis Region

September 23, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that St. Louis Community College will receive funding to train 420 people for jobs in the transportation, distribution and logistics industry sectors in the St. Louis region. STLCC’s Workforce Solutions Group will provide training for these high-skill jobs in fields such as truck driving, logistics, avionics and aircraft maintenance.

STLCC will receive $2,987,000 as part of a $23.8 million grant to the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (MRTDL) Consortium comprised of nine community colleges, led by Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill.  The funding comes from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant program.

“While federal funding is a critical component to launching innovative approaches to meet business and industry needs,  the real strength of the MRTDL Consortium is in the strategic alliances among community colleges, employers, state and local workforce agencies and community-based organizations,” said Roderick Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions. “St. Louis Community College is proud to continue this work as one of only a few colleges nationally to receive funding in each of the Department of Labor’s competitive funding cycles in the TAACCCT Grant program.”

Along the 2,300-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, businesses in the transportation, distribution and logistics industries are poised to hire, train or retrain individuals for existing and future high-wage, high-skill occupations. At the same time, many Trade Adjustment Act-eligible workers, unemployed veterans and other unemployed, underserved or low-income groups lack the training and skills they need to fill these positions.

The consortium seeks to match worker training and education programs to high opportunity occupations that meet the requirements of local and regional employers and the training and support needs of the local workforce. Students successfully completing these local training programs will earn industry credentials and in-demand skills that will enable them to re-enter the workforce in decent wage jobs.

As STLCC creates new programs to support St. Louis’ thriving transportation and logistics sectors, the college will use the same successful structure developed for MoHealthWINS and MoManufacturingWINS, two previous TAACCCT grants. STLCC will work closely with industry partners to develop curriculum and provide important student support such as comprehensive assessments, pathway coaches and accelerated developmental education in key portals throughout the training experience.