Ohlone College participates in federal grant for job training - Article, Office of College Advancement

Submitted by Ohlone College.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Ohlone College is part of a large consortium of community college districts, and UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, and public workforce systems that will collaborate on an innovative job training and job placement program for Bay Area workers funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Grant for $14,990,417.

The Contra Costa College District and Los Medanos College are the consortia leaders on this grant and, in addition to the other colleges and universities, will involve the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Workforce Investment Boards, employers and labor organizations in the manufacturing industry, organized labor unions, the Career Ladders project team and the economic development department.

The original design team worked under the title: Design it, Build it, Ship it.

Success of the program lies in its ability to help unemployed and underemployed adults train for jobs termed "middle skill" jobs for employers who have jobs that need to be filled. The grant was developed in cooperation with several employers. First phase of funding for this multiyear grant will be spent identifying specific programs, curriculum development, partnerships with employers, developing budgets and planning outreach efforts.

The identified job sectors include transportation, logistics and advanced manufacturing. Ohlone College's involvement would most likely be in biotechnology and information technology. The program will award certificates for biopharmaceutical technician, engineering technician, supply chain systems, medical device manufacturing, transportation logistics, semiconductor design and fabrication and other. There will also be components for student services that include professional development, job search and placement that may be provided by the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center.

This grant is one of only five awarded by the Department of Labor to the state of California this year.

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