Thursday, May 21, 2009

Distribution of $500 Million for "Green Jobs"

The Department of Labor has just made available information concerning its plans to distribute the $500 million for "green jobs" training that was included in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (for loads more information on the ARRA, visit This may be a rich source of funding for community colleges across the country, even if not all the money is for job training per se. AACC is pleased that some of the funding will be awarded for capacity building. DOL's guidance, which is designed to help potential grant applicants prepare to apply for the funds, can be found at:

The actual Solicitation for Grant Applications should be made available in early June.

The stimulus legislation bill provided another $250 million for training, with a priority on health care, and information on the availability of those funds should be forthcoming.

We also hope that many community colleges are working with your Workforce Investment Boards to access the substantial WIA funding increases provided in the ARRA. For information on those funds, please visit: