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Green River to receive 1.2 million in grant funding to build sustainable training

For Immediate Release

October 1 , 2014

Contact: Catherine Ushka, Marketing and Communications Manager (253) 288-3323

(Auburn)--Green River Community College today announced details of job training programs to be funded by Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants The TAACCCT grant program is co-administered by the Department of Education and Department of Labor.

On Sept. 29, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that nearly 270 community colleges across the country will receive $450 million to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In Washington, eight community colleges including Green River Community College formed a joint initiative to bring together the clean energy, construction, and advanced manufacturing sectors to help prepare students for jobs in entry level, pre-apprenticeship, and apprenticeship positions.

We are very excited to be part of this national grant, which will help students fill the need for skilled workers in our area, said Dr. Eileen Ely, president of Green River Community College. Our industry partners make the programs special. They are telling us exactly the skills they want in new employees, and our students will learn new skills and pathways to living wage careers.

Green River Community College will receive $1.2 million in four years to serve 632 students. The College will launch and manage a technical Customer Service Representative certificate program in partnership with Puget Sound Energy. Studies indicate that demand for these positions is growing at 16 percent annually, with roughly 1,600 annual job openings. Annual wages are about $34,000.

Green River Community College will also expand its Machine Maintenance program, which will receive funds to develop a two-year degree in Maintenance Mechatronics the study of electro-mechanics, computers, digital control systems, mechanical Computer Aided Design, control electronics, and electronic systems.

The advantage of this grant program is sustainability. On the front end, we build industry partnerships and additional capacity for students. That leads to a steady pipeline of qualified candidates to fuel industry growth, said Jeff Perlot, faculty member in Business Management. Ultimately, we'll create a competency-based curriculum that can be easily shared and scaled to train students throughout our region.

More information on Green River Community College's Business Management Program can be found at:

More information on the Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Program can be found at: