OCC receives training funds from Department of Labor

Oakland Community College is one of thirteen community colleges in a multi-state consortium which will receive educational funding through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program.  The consortium is headed by Henry Ford Community College.
OCC will receive $760,294 through the grant over three years.  The funds will be used to implement curricula and purchase training equipment that adopts the AMTEC Manufacturing Curriculum.  AMTEC, the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Educational Collaborative, is a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence.  It provides flexible career pathways tied to the achievement of competency-based education and certifications, sharing best practices and educational models.  AMTEC also supports strong industry involvement and “learn and earn” models to build a skilled workforce pipeline that serves the automotive industry.
OCC’s is a college credit program that could lead to certificates, and eventually associate degrees.
Additional funding will be made available to the consortium member schools for activities and expertise relevant to each of the college’s projects.
The federal grant is part of $500 million in funding awarded to community colleges and universities across the nation for the development and expansion of innovative educational programs that promote skills and training opportunities in such fields as advanced manufacturing and healthcare, and in careers such as science, technology, engineering and math.  Integral to the program are partnerships between schools and local employers.
“OCC is proud to be part of this initiative that helps provide our region’s workers and employers with the education to become more competitive in the global economy,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy R. Meyer.  “We are particularly pleased that the program will bring back jobs to Michigan that have been outsourced overseas,” Dr. Meyer added.
The OCC program will be based at the college’s Auburn Hills Campus, which specializes in advanced technology programs.
With five campuses located throughout Oakland County, OCC is the largest of Michigan’s community colleges and the 21st largest in the nation.  OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields including university transfer and general studies degrees.