WCC Awarded Grant to Develop IT Workforce
WCC has been awarded a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor through its Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community Colleges Career Training program. The grant will fund an initiative to develop new information technology employees in Michigan.
Working with Ann Arbor SPARK and other workforce development partners, WCC will address the strong demand for skilled information technology professionals. Academic programs will be designed in two career areas specifically identified as high demand by regional employers: software development for Java and network and systems administration for Microsoft and Linux/Unix platforms. The programs will be designed to meet the needs of the adult, non-traditional learner and will combine online and classroom instruction.
"Developing the skills of our regional workforce is an economic imperative," said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. "Every company that works with Ann Arbor SPARK cites the ability to hire skilled talent as a key consideration when choosing a place to grow. The grant awarded to WCC ensures that the skills employers need are fostered in this region, ultimately helping individuals here and attracting growing businesses."
Ann Arbor SPARK and WCC have a successful history of working together. “We look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with SPARK in the development of workforce talent in Washtenaw County,” said Michelle Mueller, associate vice president for economic development and community and corporate alliances at WCC.