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US Department of Labor Awards $5.6 Million America's Promise Grant to Montgomery College in Support of IT and Cybersecurity Fields

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Category: Features

Published: 2016-11-21 00:00:01.000

Montgomery College is one of 23 regional workforce partnerships in 28 states to be awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA)'s $111 million America's Promise Job-Driven Grant Program.

The College will be the lead on the four-year "Capital Region Collaborative: Jobs in Technical Careers" (CRC), a regional partnership to offer tuition-free training and support services to students seeking employment in the information technology and cybersecurity fields.

The grant program is designed to increase the technical skills of American workers and decrease reliance on temporary visa programs.

Partners include Frederick Community College and Prince George's Community College. The $5.6 million grant will allow the three colleges to offer intensive short-term trainings (boot camps) aimed at providing a pipeline of skilled IT and cybersecurity workers for local companies and helping employers and employees to both thrive in the global economy. The demand for workers in cybersecurity is critical, with almost 20,000 jobs in Maryland going unfilled for lack of qualified workers.

Additional partners include the three counties' workforce boards and economic development agencies; eight area employers; the Tech Council of Maryland, the Fort Meade Alliance, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

The boot camps will be provided by WDCE's Information Technology Institute and will feature real-world projects provided by local employers; intended participants are un- and underemployed adults with postsecondary education who have barriers to employment.

One of the America's Promise key business partners, InfoSys, has been collaborating with WDCE since 2015, after being introduced by Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs at Montgomery College. Infosys has been co-developing Java programming boot camps for more than 100 of its new hires over the last 18 months.

"This is a great opportunity to help more Marylanders and local businesses to succeed," said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. "We are grateful to President Obama and U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for their commitment to community colleges. I also extend a sincere thank you to U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Congressmen John Delaney, Chris Van Hollen, and John Sarbanes for their support of this important work."

America's Promise is Montgomery College's third DOLETA grant focused on the construction of the regional IT workforce pipeline and builds on our existing TechHire and TAACCCT grants.

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