The Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education in partnership with administrators, faculty, and staff at Montana's 2-year colleges wrote a grant application for the United States Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant program (TAACCCT). Dawson Community College president, Mike Simon, reported a successful outcome last Friday. The US Department of Labor awarded Montana $25 million to fund the grant proposal.
As a result, Dawson Community College will receive a portion of the funding totaling over $500,000 during the next three years through the Montana TAACCCT program. The grant will enable DCC to expand and improve its ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
According to Simon, the funding will help DCC deliver curriculum related to the oil and gas industry, purchase equipment for the DCC welding program, purchase computers for a developmental mathematics lab, hire a developmental mathematics instructor, and hire a workforce navigator to help students and alumni choose vocational or technical programs that match their skills and interests and help students and alumni connect with regional employers.
President Simon would like to thank Interim President Jane Baker, Dean Jackie Schultz, Dean Justin Cross, Executive Assistant Rita Young, Instructor Jim LeProwse, and Instructor Josh Kreilaus for their work to include DCC in the state's grant application.