Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants (TAACCCT)
Through multi-year grants, the U.S. Department of Labor is providing opportunities to ensure that our nation's institutions of higher education are helping adults succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers. The department has implemented the TAACCCT program in partnership with the Department of Education. Great Falls College MSU has either received one or been in collaboration with other Montana two-year colleges to receive one of the following multi-year grants each year for the last three years:
CHEO (Consortium for Healthcare Education Online): The purpose of this project is to develop or transition courses in allied health programs into hybrid and/or online programs. The consortium is also collaborating with the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO). This grant has allowed NANSLO to expand to the Great Falls campus, one of only three labs in the in the Western United States. The lab delivers individually, technologically driven science labs to populations who would not ordinarily be able to take science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses because of the lack of access. Students who utilize the lab include but are not limited to active military, homebound students, students with small children, rural students, and students with disabilities. Great Falls College MSU is one of eight institutions in five states participating. Length of grant: Three years, with an additional year for evaluation. Amount of grant: $14 million.
RevUP : This grant responds to employer needs in the manufacturing industry with the college adopting a proven and innovative framework emphasizing the usage of four specific strategies: developing modules for accelerating the pace of learning; hiring navigators to provide comprehensive support services; improving alignment of training and workforce demands; and strengthening the channel for low-skilled workers into college. Great Falls College MSU is the lead institution in this 13-member consortium of Montana colleges. Length of grant: Three years ending March 2017, with one additional year for evaluation. Amount of the grant: $24.9 million.
HealthCARE Montana: This multi-college grant strives to improve health care education, especially by making it accessible to rural residents by providing training and advanced-training between healthcare occupations so that students with a common curriculum foundation might move from one healthcare area to another by adding the few courses needed to a specific field of training. This grant creates apprenticeship programs and online courses in fields such as certified nursing assistant, medical billing and coding, health information technology, and pharmacy tech.
A large focus of the grant is the statewide redesign of the nursing curriculum. Nursing stakeholders, including industry partners, the Montana Board of Nursing, and nursing educators, are partnering with Montana’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN), a grant sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to leverage efforts. The goals of the redesign are to create an accelerated pathway to the LPN certification, and to increase the numbers of bachelors prepared RNs by simplifying the pathway and removing barriers. Length of grant: Three years, ending September 2017 with an additional year for evaluation. Amount of grant: $15 million.
Other Grants Presently Active at GFC MSU
Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)— Through a consortium headquartered at Montana State University in Bozeman, the college has joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)which encourages students to pursue research and education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and enables them to do internships on NASA related projects. MSGC awards stipends to undergraduate students pursuing space-related research.
ATOMIC STEM – Through the NASA funding identified above, the NANSLO Lab Manager has received funds to extend outreach of the lab to at least 10 area high schools. Amount of grant: $10,000.
EDA (Economic Development Administration) grant has helped area residents fill a growing demand for good-paying jobs by expanding and equipping welding instructional laboratories to accommodate twice as many students and equipping a new carpentry laboratory space. Length of grant: Time to purchase equipment and equip training laboratories. Amount of grant: $1,489,255 (with GFC MSU matching funds the total value of the project is $2.9 million).
Perkins Allocation -- Each year the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education grants Carl Perkins lV funds to the state’s two-year campuses to support technical and career education. The funds in FY16 will support salaries for the Big Sky Pathways/Perkins/Trades Coordinator, a new nursing faculty and Veterans Success Coach, as well as professional development for faculty, software, equipment and supplies.
Perkins Big Sky Pathways – A grant through the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education supports efforts to develop pathways between the college and surrounding secondary schools.