Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor, through the Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) is seeking applicants for their Strengthening Community Colleges (SCC) Training Grants program.

The purpose of this grant is to:

  1. Increase the capacity and responsiveness of community colleges to address the skill development needs of employers and dislocated and unemployed workers, incumbent workers, and new entrants to the workforce;
  2. Offer this spectrum of workers and other individuals accelerated career pathways that enable them to gain skills and transition from unemployment to (re)employment quickly; and
  3. Address the new challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis that necessitate social distancing practices and expanding online and technology-enabled learning and migrating services to a virtual environment. Each community college that applies must seek out an employer partner and a workforce development system partner to receive full consideration.

Credential Engine, a leader in credential transparency, has supplied some guidance and materials to assist institutions in their application for the SCC grant and its requirement that information about credentials be made transparent using linked open data. Provisions in the application directly reference the “credential transparency description language (CDTL),” Credential Engine’s schema for describing credentials of all types.

To learn more about the CTDL and Credential Engine’s work please review their statement of capabilities as well as their list of services.

Opportunity Number

Funding Opportunity Title
Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants

Agency Name
Department of Labor

Estimated Total Program Funding

For a detailed description of the grant, please refer to the corresponding DOLETA webpage and Federal Register link for more information. Completed applications are to be submitted on October 8, by 4:00 p.m. EDT.