Dallas College Is Awarded a $5M Apprenticeship Building America Grant

The grant—part of more than $121 million given by the U.S. Department of Labor to help strengthen and modernize Registered Apprenticeship programs—was the only one awarded in North Texas. The college was also the only higher education institute in Texas to get one of the grants.

The grants are intended to help workers find a “reliable path to the middle class," the Labor Department says.

The U.S. Department of Labor is giving more than $121 million to 30 different organizations to help strengthen and modernize Registered Apprenticeship programs. Thirty recipients have been chosen to receive grant funding to expand and diversify the apprenticeship programs.

Dallas College, the only recipient in North Texas, will receive $5 million in grant funding. The college was the only higher education institute in Texas to be awarded. The college currently offers DOL Registered Apprenticeship Programs for jobs including health care emerging leader, biomedical equipment technicians, clinical information, MRI technologist, and more. 

Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, four other organizations were selected for the grants. Those recipients are the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin ($3.6 million), SER-Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast in Houston ($4.5 million), Adaptive Construction Solutions in Houston ($8 million), and the City of San Antonio ($2.9 million).

Individual awards ranged from $2 million to $8 million.

Helping people find good-quality jobs

“The funding of $121.7 million in Apprenticeship Building America grants reaffirms and advances the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to strengthening and expanding Registered Apprenticeships,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh in a statement.

Out of the total amount, over $58 million is being given to organizations that focus on creating equity partnerships and pre-apprenticeship activities, according to the DOL.

The funding is intended to help workers find a “reliable path to the middle class.” 

The Apprenticeship Building America grants will help people find good-quality jobs and give them a chance to access those pathways, Walsh says. A focus on equity partnerships and pre-apprenticeship activities will help underrepresented and underserved communities succeed, she adds.

Go here to see the full list of recipients.

Dallas College was awarded $10 million by the DOL in 2021 

Last year, Dallas College was awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide workforce training in key sectors of the economy—one of five U.S. higher education institutions picked to participate in a $145 million program. The grant was for training students in cybersecurity, information technology, advanced manufacturing, robotics and transportation.

The school planned to work with small and large employer partners such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, AT&T, Shearer’s Foods, FFE Transportation Services Inc. and others, it said at the time. Collaborating with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, Dallas College said it would provide 4,000 people over the next four years with the skills for high-tech careers in evolving sectors that are central to the new economy.

Dallas College aims to connect students’ education directly to the needs of industry partners, the school said.

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