Clackamas Community College is part of a consortium named last week as
the recipient of a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to promote skills
development and employment opportunities in business and industry.
Tyler Junior College in Texas leads the consortium of four community
colleges that will participate in the ActOn Retail grant, developed in
association with the Western Association of Food Chains to meet the management
development needs of the retail food industry.
The grants announced last week are part of the Trade Adjustment
Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes
skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced
manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology,
engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers
and local employers.
Customized Training and Development Services will manage the $2.695
million grant at CCC. In Oregon, the grant will serve 700 people with retail
management career coaching, internships, training, and placement and promotion
assistance. CCC developed a retail management certificate program several years
ago to meet the needs of the industry in Clackamas County and surrounding areas.
The grant will enable the college to update the certificate program and
modernize the curriculum utilizing technology and online resources.
The curriculum, once developed, will be an open-source resource
available to other colleges and retailers anywhere in the country. CCC will
work with the Western Governors University to develop an articulation to a
bachelor’s degree in retail management.
“We are very pleased that CCC can participate in this innovative and
competitive grant program,” said CCC President Joanne Truesdell. “It’s not
common knowledge that community colleges help business and industry stay
competitive by providing valuable training opportunities for employees.”
Tyler Junior College, Cerritos College in California, and the
University of Alaska in Anchorage, along with CCC make up the ActOn Retail
Consortium. The four-year grant begins on Oct. 1.
For more information about the ActOn Retail grant at CCC, please
contact Pam Clem at 503-594-3196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.