Labor Department awards $25 million to Colorado colleges for training programs

September 18, 2013 Updated: September 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs will receive $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop and expand innovative training programs.

PPCC is one of nine colleges in a Front Range consortium to benefit from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. The colleges collectively will receive nearly $25 million in funding.

The money will be used to promote skill development in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care, science, technology, engineering and math. Partnerships between the colleges and local employers will help shape the program.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) advocated on behalf of the consortium's grant application in a letter to the Labor Department in August.

"Many Coloradans who are still struggling during the economic recovery want nothing more than to put in an honest day's work at a good-paying job to help provide for their families," Bennet said in a statement released Wednesday. "This grant will help a team of colleges and universities in our state put together a set of programs to train job seekers with skills that are aligned with the needs of employers. It will help get Coloradans back to work and provide a boost to our economy."

The other recipients are: Front Range Community College, Westminster, $9.9 million; Aims Community College, Greeley, $2.1 million; Community College of Denver, $3.5 million; Emily Griffith Technical College, Denver, $418,000; Lamar Community College, $1 million; Metropolitan State University, Denver, $1.9 million; Pueblo Community College, $1.6 million; and Red Rocks Community College/Warren Technical College, Lakewood, $1.9 million.

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