The U.S. Department of Labor named San Antonio as one of 23 regional workforce partnerships awarded funds through the America’s Promise Job Driven Grant program. Awarding 111 million dollars in grants, the America’s Promise program is designed to accelerate the development and expansion of regional workforce partnerships across the country committed to providing a pipeline of skilled workers in those industries in high-demand in their region.
“These grants are part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented investment in education and training programs that have helped to create more pathways to the middle class for millions of Americans,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “By encouraging regional collaboration and delivering on the promise of tuition-free training at community colleges, these grants will help strengthen local communities across America, and ensure that employees and employers alike are able to compete and thrive in today’s global economy.”
Led by the Alamo Colleges and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio regional workforce partnership will focus on the tech and manufacturing industries to ensure a strong and robust system is created helping individuals receive the training needed to fill in-demand occupations in the region.
“This partnership with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will allow the Alamo Colleges to continue to build on its many successful workforce training initiatives which help us to fulfill our mission of ‘empowering our diverse communities for success,’” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “This grant from the Department of Labor will allow us to utilize our expertise and experience in workforce training to provide the skilled workers needed by local employers,” he added.
“As a representative of the business community, we understand all too well the importance of providing clearer pathways for individuals to have access to careers in those prominent industries in our region,” said Richard Perez, President & CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership with the Alamo Colleges; SA Works; and community based organizations like Project Quest, Goodwill, and Workforce Solutions Alamo is hugely important to ensuring we successfully train and retain the talent we need to be a globally competitive city.”
The America’s Promise program will help support tuition-free education and training that prepares participants for jobs in leading industries within their respective regions. Grantees including the San Antonio workforce partnership will use their own individual assessments to determine the best strategies to successfully move individuals into middle to high-skilled jobs including accelerated training, long-term intensive training and upskilling current employees to meet the demands of higher skilled jobs.
Grantees will work on focusing on 4 key areas that include:
- Increasing opportunities through tuition-free training for middle-to high-skilled occupations and industries.
- Expanding employer involvement in the design and delivery of education and training programs.
- Utilizing evidence-based sector strategies to increase college completion, employability, employment earnings and outcomes of job seekers.
- Leveraging additional public, private and foundation resources to scale and sustain proven strategies.
For more information on the America’s Promise Grant program visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.