County College of Morris (CCM) has been awarded a $4 million grant from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) to expand apprenticeship programs for the advanced manufacturing industry. The USDOL’s Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program focuses on advancing the development of apprenticeship programs in three areas: advanced manufacturing, information technology and health care. The program supports partnerships among educational institutions and the private and public sectors to create apprenticeship models, provide key training opportunities, job placement opportunities, and strengthened pathways into the workforce.
CCM, recognized as a leader in the education of employees for advanced manufacturing, was one of only 23 academic institutions nationwide to receive the USDOL grant. In addition to the opportunities the grant will provide, the college will lead a consortium of New Jersey community colleges to build a network of apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing as part of a project called Career Advance USA.
The CCM consortium includes Bergen Community College, Camden County College, Hudson County College, Mercer County Community College, Middlesex County College, Raritan Valley Community College and Rowan College at Gloucester. Together, they will work with national industry partners including Arconic, Glenbrook Technologies, Norwalt Design, Rosenberger, Siemens, UPS and other leading firms in New Jersey.
Additionally, CCM will be receiving approximately $500,000 as a consortium partner in the same USDOL grant program to develop apprenticeship programs in health care in a project lead by Bergen Community College.
The grant coincides with CCM’s development of its Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing building, slated to be open in 2020. The facility will feature the latest technology and equipment designed to aid and develop the skills of individuals entering the workforce while also providing current employees with forefront training. For more information visit www.ccm.edu or click the link below.