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Motlow College to Receive Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

September 29, 2011

In a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter along with Second Lady Jill Biden announced nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for targeted training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. The grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's office notified Motlow College President, Dr. MaryLou Apple that Motlow has been chosen to receive an award for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program (TAACCCT grants program). Motlow will receive over $3.2 million to develop a Workforce Development Pilot Program (WDPP). Motlow College was the only individual school in Tennessee to receive a full grant.

Dr. MaryLou Apple, president of the College said, "We are excited to receive this award and have prepared extensive groundwork. With the grant money we will move forward with our plans to provide education and training for students and industries in our 11-county service area."She added, "Our goal is help students excel in the classroom as well as in the workforce."

Motlow will use the grant money to create a comprehensive WDPP consisting of a Mechatronics Training Program for area workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program (TAA). The TAA program was created to provide benefits and services for unemployed workers adversely affected by foreign trade.

The primary goals of the WDPP are to: 1) provide new opportunities for TAA unemployed workers to acquire the fast-tracked education and/or training necessary to accommodate the changing needs of local businesses and industries; 2) provide currently employed workers with educational opportunities to acquire and/or enhance existing workplace skills and knowledge; 3) provide new career pathways for high school students to enhance and expand their educational preparation to either enter the local workforce or to continue their academic pursuits and graduation; and 4) equip and adapt existing classroom spaces to accommodate the Mechatronics program at Smyrna.

The WDPP and Mechatronics program will train workers to easily transition into the local and regional industrial and manufacturing workforce. The programs will be delivered using the latest technology in training equipment and laboratories, online lectures, ITV courses, and "Learning on Demand" systems.