Sweeping Change Is in the Works for How Job-Training Dollars Are Allocated

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will announce a plan on Tuesday to change how the federal government allocates millions of job-training dollars to colleges and other organizations.

The plan, the culmination of a review that President Obama announced in his State of the Union address, will require applicants for some $1.4-billion in grants to follow a “job-driven checklist” that calls for increased collaboration with employers, more on-the-job training, and better tracking of employment outcomes, among other elements.

The plan’s release comes roughly three months after the president and vice president appeared at the Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center, outside Pittsburgh, to announce $550-million in grants to prepare American workers for in-demand jobs.

The bulk of the money, roughly $450-million, came from the fourth and final round of competitive grants under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program. That $2-billion program, which was wrapped into the 2010 legislation to overhaul the health-care system, helps two-year colleges train displaced workers for high-skill, high-wage occupations. <Read more.>

Via Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education.