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by WRAL TechWire — August 3, 2022
GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T has landed a $23.7 million federal grant for workforce development, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced early Wednesday.
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s grant will focus on energy and resiliences, the agency disclosed.
“At the intersection of good jobs, clean energy, and equity, STEPs4GROWTH is addressing growing regional demand and propelling North Carolina into a clean energy future,” according to the grant award announcement.
” Led by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T), the largest Historically Black College and University in the nation, the project will span 16 distressed counties in the state, including ten Tier 1 counties encompassing “Black Belt” rural communities. Employers in the coalition include but are not limited to Siemens Energy, Duke Energy, Blue Ridge Power, and Strata Clean Energy. With a focus on equity, the coalition will utilize mobile training units in these rural areas to remove barriers to access and meet workers where they are. This coalition’s efforts can be used as a replicable model for providing quality, demand-driven training for the growing clean energy sector across the U.S.”
The grant was one of 32 awarded as part of a $500 million Good Jobs Challenge administered by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. The pgraom is designed to help develop “innovative approaches to workforce development that will secure job opportunities for more than 50,000 Americans.”
NC A&T was selected from more than 500 applicants.
“This funding will advance a broad range of sectors—including agriculture and food production, energy and resilience, healthcare, manufacturing and information technology—jumpstarting the design, development, implementation, and expansion of training programs that are tailored specifically to each community,” the Commerce department said.
Also selected were:
(Project summaries are available via hyperlinks.)
Alaska Primary Care Association (Alaska)
Grant: $9.7 million
Industry focus: Healthcare
Charleston Chamber Foundation (South Carolina)
Grant: $8.4 million
Industry focus: Healthcare
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (Illinois)
Grant: $18.5 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Information Technology
City of Birmingham (Alabama)
Grant: $10.8 million
Industry focus: Healthcare
City of New York Human Resources Administration (New York)
Grant: $18.6 million
Industry focus: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Building and Construction
City of Springfield (Missouri)
Grant: $17.5 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Education
Dallas College (Texas)
Grant: $8.8 million
Industry focus: Bio-medical
Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (Massachusetts)
Grant: $23 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Energy and Resilience; Childcare
Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees (Florida)
Grant: $22.9 million
Industry focus: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Healthcare; Manufacturing; Education
Foundation for California Community Colleges (California)
Grant: $21.5 million
Industry focus: Forestry and Fire Safety
 Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (California)
Grant: $23 million
Industry focus: Professional and Financial Services; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Manufacturing; Building and Construction
Hampton Roads Workforce Council (Virginia & North Carolina)
Grant: $11 million
Industry focus: Water and Blue Economy; Energy and Resilience
Illinois Central College (Illinois)
Grant: $14.6 million
Industry focus: Information Technology
Lakota Funds (South Dakota) 
Grant: $5 million
Industry focus: Building and Construction
Maryland Department of Labor (Maryland)  
Grant: $22.9 million
Industry focus: Energy and Resilience
Miami Dade College (Florida) 
Grant: $10 million
Industry focus: Information Technology
Mid-South Center for Occupational Innovation (Arkansas, Mississippi, & Tennessee)
Grant: $21.5 million
Industry focus: Building and Construction; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Nevadaworks (Nevada) 
Grant: $14.9 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (New Mexico)
Grant: $6.4 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Building and Construction
Office of Workforce Strategy (Connecticut)
Grant: $23.9 million
Industry focus: Manufacturing; Healthcare; Information Technology; Bio-medical
Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Educational and Industrial Development Institute (Ohio)
Grant: $23.5 million
Industry focus: Manufacturing
Persevere (Tennessee) 
Grant: $15.4 million
Industry focus: Information Technology
Philadelphia Works, Inc. (Pennsylvania)
Grant: $22.8 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Building and Construction; Energy and Resilience
Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (Oregon) 
Grant: $3.4 million
Industry focus: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
The Chamber Foundation(Minnesota & North Dakota)
Grant: $9.6 million
Industry focus: Agriculture and Food Production; Information Technology; Manufacturing
UnidosUS (Puerto Rico & Colorado)
Grant: $11.4 million
Industry focus: Aerospace & Defense; Building and Construction; Professional and Financial Services
United Way of Central Iowa (Iowa)
Grant:  $1.8 million
Industry focus: Healthcare
University of Hawaii (Hawaii)
Grant: $16.4 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Information Technology; Energy and Resilience; Film, Arts, & Media
Washington Student Achievement Council (Washington)
Grant: $23.5 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Information Technology; Professional and Financial Services; Energy and Resilience; Manufacturing; Building and Construction
 Workforce Solutions Rural Capital (Texas)
Grant:  $12.1 million
Industry focus: Building and Construction; Information Technology; Healthcare
WTIA Workforce Institute (Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington)
Grant: $23.5 million
Industry focus: Information Technology
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