Pikes Peak Community College will be one of the  Colorado recipients of a  U.S. Department of Labor grant which will provide $17.3 million to enhance current energy-related programs.

The goal is to train highly qualified workers for the businesses that are seeking a skilled workforce.

“This is very exciting for us,” said Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System.  “These new funds will allow us to invest in curricular redesign and the technology needed to bridge the gap between existing workforce skills and emerging energy industry needs. 

She notes that community colleges have consulted with energy companies throughout Colorado to design training programs.

 The grant is a part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative, for which the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act included a total of $2 billion over a four-year period.

Besides Pikes Peak, the colleges in the Colorado Community College System in the consortium are Arapahoe Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Lamar Community College, Morgan Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College, Red Rocks Community College and Trinidad State Junior College. Also participating are the two local district colleges: Aims Community College and Colorado Mountain College.  The administration of the grant will be through the Community College of Denver.