$50 million in grants to fund learning commons
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $50 million in Apprenticeship Building America grants for registered apprenticeship centers. Organizations help employers design, develop, and deliver programs, and support the creation, scale, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in new and fast-growing industries and occupations.
The program advances the Department’s efforts to expand, diversify and modernize registered apprenticeship by increasing the number of programs and apprentices, diversifying industries that use the “earn as you learn” model for workforce development and improving program access and performance in underrepresented and underserved communities.
The department awards the grants to nine organizations in California, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.
On February 23, 2022, the department announced the availability of funding through the Apprenticeship Building America program. On July 7, 2022, the ministry announced the awarding of over $121 million in funding to 30 grant recipients. Strong interest in the Apprenticeship Building America grants has led the department to secure additional funding to announce additional recipients.
With today’s announcement, the ministry has awarded $171 million to fund 39 recipients, including more than $78 million focused on equity and partnerships and pre-learning activities.
Apprenticeship Building America grant recipients will incorporate cross-cutting principles to ensure access to quality programs. These principles include equity, quality jobs, sustainability, evidence-based approaches, and new opportunities for innovation, engagement, and ease of access.
Recent recipients include:
- South Bay Workforce Investment Board Inc. – Hawthorne, CA – $5,820,000
- Chabot-Las Positas Community College District – Pleasanton, CA – $5,818,057
- Riverside Community College District – Riverside, CA – $4,697,637
- Madison County – Edwardsville, IL – $5,819,104
- Southeast Michigan Community Alliance – Taylor, MI – $5,820,000
- New Hampshire Community College System – Concord, NH – $5,820,000
- Economic Growth Foundation – Cleveland, OH – $5,818,008
- Philadelphia Works Inc. – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $4,704,311
- Washington State Department of Employment Security – Olympia, WA – $5,682,883