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Atlantic Cape, Community College Consortium Receive $23.5 Million Grant for Workforce Training

October 30, 2013

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC), composed of Atlantic Cape Community College and six community colleges in the Northeast and two national organizations (Achieving the Dream and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), has been awarded $23.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training program to develop training programs committed to creating a highly skilled and resilient workforce.

In the wake of natural and man-made disasters in the Northeast over the past year, the NRC will become the region’s leader in addressing the employment needs of three industry sectors that are instrumental in helping local communities respond, recover and adapt in times of crisis. The industry sectors include health care, information technology and environmental technologies.

Through a sustained and coordinated effort, Atlantic Cape will work with Achieving the Dream, the Carnegie Foundation and the community college partners and employers to build regional capacity for helping trade-impacted, unemployed persons, veterans and other workers in obtaining the skills, competencies and credentials needed to transition seamlessly into demand occupations and to advance along a career pathway. The resiliency theme will unite the partner colleges in building stronger, safer and more prosperous communities throughout the Northeast, while mitigating the short- and long-term effects of recent disasters and future threats.

Atlantic Cape will work collaboratively with the consortium lead, Passaic County Community College, and the co-grantees, Bunker Hill Community College (MA), Capital Community College (CT), Housatonic Community College (CT), Kingsborough Community College (NY), and LaGuardia Community College (NY).

“As an Achieving the Dream college, Atlantic Cape was eager to join with other Achieving the Dream community colleges in the Northeast for this grant opportunity. Together we have been working to become more resilient higher education institutions, while at the same time improving our educational and training opportunities for those current and potential workers in careers that respond to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, president. “Superstorm Sandy was an important lesson in resilient workforce preparation and post-disaster recovery. This grant is a direct outgrowth of what we experienced a year ago.”

The grant allows Atlantic Cape to build its capacity to educate and prepare the workforce in Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician, Patient Care Technician and Certified Nurse Aides specialties using the newest, innovative technologies. The college will also develop a system to assess a student’s prior learning and work experience in an effort to shorten the length of time in school. Atlantic Cape will expand and improve its ability to deliver education and career training in two years or less into higher wage, higher skill jobs while broadening offerings into locally in-demand career pathways.

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium is a consortium of seven disaster-affected community colleges in the Northeast region of the United States in partnership with Achieving the Dream and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The NRC received a 3-year $23.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training program to develop programs fundamentally committed to creating a highly skilled and resilient workforce. The NRC, led by Passaic County Community College, will create career pathways in health care, information technology, and environmental technologies, which are among the Northeast’s largest growth industries.

Atlantic Cape Community College is a comprehensive, two-year college offering flexible, affordable learning for students of all ages. Atlantic Cape serves residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties at three full-service campuses in Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House. The Mays Landing Campus houses several academic buildings, the Academy of Culinary Arts and will open a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building in 2014. The Worthington Atlantic City Campus is home to the Casino Career Institute and the Health Professions Institute, where students train for careers in allied and auxiliary health fields.