SWACCC was awarded an $8.4 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant in 2013. The focus of our grant is on advanced manufacturing and focuses on veterans, TAA-eligible workers, long-term unemployed, and other adults in the region. Our initiative is called RAMP:UP-Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership: Unleashing Potential! Through this funding, Consortium colleges are developing, revising, and implementing programs of study and workplace trainings that are industry-driven and that will result not only in college credentials but nationally-recognized industry credentials as well. These valuable credentials can be a first step to a good paying, local job and the first rung on the ladder of success for students who have the desire to improve their skills in crafts such as welding, industrial technology, and logistics.
In partnership with regional manufacturing employers, three strategies are pursued: (1) engaging regional employers in sector partnership to enhance one or more sets of stacked and latticed credentials, (2) significantly leveraging employers to integrate "in-plant" work-based learning opportunities into systems of stacked and latticed credentials, and (3) enhancing student advisement and career counseling in partnership with employers.
Labor Market Information Resources
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Industry Credentials
VETERANS. The Jobs for Veterans Act (Public Law 107-288) requires priority of service to veterans and spouses of certain veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any job training program directly funded, in whole or in part, by the DOL. To obtain priority of service, a veteran or spouse must meet the program's eligibility requirement. A DD214 is required as proof of service.
TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA). This applies to individuals who have lost their jobs, through no fault of their own (due to lack of work), as a result of foreign trade. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS) administers the TAA program and determines individual eligibility.
This initiative is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant, awarded to the South West Arkansas Community College Consortium in 2013.