Overview of Community Colleges.
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Program Description: The renewable energy programs at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) prepare workers for entry-level up to apprentice level work within the energy efficiency area of the construction and maintenance fields. Students may earn certificates and associate of science degrees in several programs, each with its own emphasis. These include energy efficiency in construction, solar photovoltaic technicians, and a solar thermal emphasis. In all of the programs, students learn sustainable industry principles and practices and how to perform job-related calculations and measurements. Working separately and interdependently to safely achieve shared professional outcomes is stressed. Abilities gained from the program train a student for employment with contractors, individual facilities management companies, and other private or public agencies doing energy efficient building or performing energy upgrade retro-fitting on existing residential and commercial buildings. Skills gained from this program prepare a student for employment at the entry level in jobs such as the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power “Electrical Utility Helper” classification.
Outcomes: In the 2014-15 academic year (the latest year for which data are available), more than 70% of program participants obtained employment.
Impact of Federal Programs: The program is supported by the Perkins Act. In addition, most students at LATTC are Pell Grant recipients.
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Manchester Community College
Program Description: The Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (CAMI), is a project that builds upon the success of the state’s nationally recognized Advanced Manufacturing Centers. The Centers serve diverse populations of students throughout Connecticut’s community colleges, which are part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. Students prepare for careers in manufacturing with classroom instruction, computer, and hands-on training in a lab environment. Under CAMI, those entering the workforce, and those presently employed and acquiring new skills, can take a variety of credit and non-credit certificate courses in advanced manufacturing. Students can earn two certificates in one year or a two-year associate degree. Internships at industrialized companies are accessible for qualified scholars. The mission is to transition students from an educational environment into the manufacturing workforce. Seven Connecticut community colleges, five workforce development boards and hundreds of employers are involved in the partnership, including Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, and Sikorsky. CAMI has developed or expanded the offering of certificates, degrees and industry certifications in fields such as mechatronics, welding, metrology, and additive manufacturing.
Outcomes: Between the fall of 2015 and fall of 2017, the CAMI programs have enrolled more than 2,000 students, with the vast majority being retained and completing the programs. Further, 98% of the students who complete the two-semester certificate programs are employed in jobs with starting salaries of $17 – 22 per hour.
Impact of Federal Programs: CAMI was funded by a $15 million consortium TAACCCT grant. State and local workforce development boards are integral partners in the initiative. Through spring 2017, nearly $700,000 of WIOA individual training accounts funding has gone to support program participants. All of the funded programs are Pell Grant eligible.
Metropolitan Community College
Program Description: Metropolitan Community College (MCC) has a state-of-the-art Health Science Institute (HSI). This campus offers true-to-life simulation stations, hands-on learning opportunities, clinical skill practice, and care teamwork. Students can choose from certificate and degree programs in a wide range of nursing and allied health professions. The college offers healthcare professionals numerous continuing education options as well as customized training for employer partners. Healthcare organizations can contract with MCC for customized training and consulting services to address needs in human resources, process improvement, health information technology, health and safety management or clinical practice for their employees.
MCC’s Virtual Hospital is an accredited healthcare simulation center that provides a cutting edge learning environment for healthcare providers and students. The Virtual Hospital is a realistic healthcare facility that hosts a lot of events and collaborates with commerce and organizations. It includes six simulation rooms that closely mimic hospital departments to provide a clinical environment for students and professionals to safely practice their skills. Each of the 6 simulation rooms is fully equipped and can be staged to resemble: acute care, emergency departments, pediatrics, labor and delivery, and more. In addition, the Virtual Hospital has classrooms and private debriefing rooms adjacent to each of the simulation rooms with large screens for live-streaming during the simulations to offer instant feedback. The Virtual Hospital uses high-tech human patient simulators including maternal and neonatal birthing simulators, pediatric simulators, and adult simulators.
Outcomes: MCC produces more nurses than any other institution in Kansas City. Completion and employment rates in the HSI programs are generally over 90%. The HSI is the area’s largest provider of continuing education for healthcare professionals.
Impact of Federal Programs: MCC is a partner in a pilot program with Skill-UP, the Missouri SNAP Employment, and Training program. SNAP recipients enrolled in the HSI attend tuition-free and have other educational expenses covered. Students use Pell Grants to attend HSI’s for-credit offerings. Perkins funds provide for professional development for HSI faculty.
Salt Lake Community College
Program Description: Utah’s Career Pathways initiative is designed to strengthen the collaboration between industry, public and postsecondary education, and economic and workforce development stakeholders in direct response to the current and future talent demands of select industries. Industry-driven partnerships revise or develop new educational programs, supported by work-based learning opportunities that provide high school students and adult learners with industry certifications and work-ready skills.
The Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) partners Salt Lake Community College with industry partners such as Boeing, Hexcel, Janicki, and others. Students complete 108 hours of classroom education and a 48-hour paid externship with one of the industry partners on their way to earning an aerospace manufacturing certificate. Certificate-holding students will have demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in basic manufacturing and will have completed classroom study in topics such as composite manufacturing, basic metrology, and precision measuring instruments. Applied math and reading are also integral to the curriculum.
Outcomes: Nearly 200 adults and high school students have taken part in the UAP to date, and approximately 90% of them have completed the program, leading to employment for many with industry partners.
Impact of Federal Programs: Approximately 15% of the adults participating in the program are WIOA participants.
South Seattle Community College
Program Description: The AEC, located at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College, has programs in more than 20 different trades. Classes are offered on weekdays as well as evenings and Saturdays. The curriculum for each program is developed as a collaborative effort between the college and business, labor, and government through apprenticeship training committees, industry coalitions, and regulatory agencies. They are also involved in training advancements and product development.
Examples of apprenticeship programs at South Seattle include:
- A Joint International Association of Machinists/Boeing Apprenticeship program in 12 trades related to aircraft manufacturing and equipment maintenance.
- A Boiler Makers Apprenticeship program sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 104.
- A construction related apprenticeship program offering programs in carpentry, electrical trades, heavy equipment operations, HVAC, plumbing, and sheet metal work, among others, by the Construction Industry Training Council of Washington.
South Seattle College has joined with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee to create the Manufacturing Academy, which is one of only 12 pre-apprenticeship programs that is officially recognized by the State of Washington Labor and Industry.
Outcomes: The College trains more than 4,000 apprentices and journey-level workers annually.
Impact of Federal Programs: The apprenticeships are registered apprenticeship programs that follow the guidelines laid out in federal law. South Seattle is also a member of DOL’s Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium. South Seattle College was awarded a $4.8 million American Apprenticeship Grant to fund the Partnership for Advanced Technology Apprenticeships in Manufacturing and Marine Engineering project. It will serve at least 1 thousand workers in the State of WA by creating 3 new and expanding on 12 existing apprenticeship programs in the Advanced Manufacturing and Maritime sectors.
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