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Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (MRTDL)
The Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College, through funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, will train and award industry credentials to 420 individuals for high skill and decent wage jobs in the transportation, distribution and logistics industry sectors.
STLCC received $2,987,000 as part of a $23.8 million grant to the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution & 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.
STLCC will create new programs to support St. Louis’ thriving transportation and logistics sectors using the proven 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.
“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. One of the goals of the consortium is to match worker training and education programs to the expressed requirements of local and regional employers for open positions in high skill occupations.
The STLCC grant program will give priority to Veterans and adults who are eligible under the Trade Adjustment Act, but can also serve those who are otherwise unemployed, underemployed or low skilled. The focus will be on innovating the way in which adult workers are engaged and trained in technical curriculum including:
- Accelerated job training programs within the fields of transportation, distribution and logistics providing the opportunity to earn appropriate industry certifications
- A learning framework that provides students with the basic reading, writing and math skills they need to succeed in a college setting through contextualized courses
- Student services, such as pathway and career coaching, to take full advantage of accelerated, flexible and technology-enabled programs
MRTDL is a three-year grant program that will be available through September 30, 2016 and provides foundational training for transportation, distribution and logistics career pathways.
Contact Bahi Talundzic at 314-539-5339 for more information on training and credential opportunities through the MRTDL grant consortium.
This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.