Randolph Community College selected for $1.7M grant

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — Randolph Community College will receive over $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Officials say RCC was chosen as a member of a multi-state consortium of community colleges intended to serve as leaders in integrating a regional economic, workforce development and education partnership approach to improving the skills and employment of individuals.

Sen. Kay Hagan announced the grant money on Wednesday.

“These grants will help some of our outstanding community colleges teach much-needed skills to workers who have struggled to find a job for far too long,” Hagan said.

Dr. Robert S. Shackleford, RCC president, announced the news at the end of RCC’s Board of Trustees meeting Thursday evening.

“The focus of the grant is manufacturing, which is what we focus on in the Piedmont,” said Shackleford.

RCC is the only Triad school among the group to receive funding.

The grant money is part of an Obama administration announcement on Sept. 18 of $474.5 million in grants to expand demand-driven skills training and strengthen employer partnerships.

Randolph Community College and Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson will be part of the Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium led by Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn. Other colleges in the group are Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tenn., Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Fla; and Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla.

In total, Sen. Hagan says North Carolina community colleges will receive $27 million as part of the program.

To learn more about the program, visit doleta.gov.