LBWCC Awarded Workforce Development Grant
September 29, 2020
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (LBWCC), in partnership with Reid State Technical College (RSTC), is honored to be a recipient of a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) initiative.
$1,495,819 was awarded for the South Alabama Workforce Advancement Project that will serve the residents of Butler, Conecuh, and Escambia counties by increasing their access to quality training and instruction.
The scope of the project includes expanding LBWCC’s existing Industrial Electronics Program to the Greenville Campus, securing apprenticeship opportunities with regional employers; providing success coaching to program participants; and enhancing RSTC’s Industrial Maintenance Program by offering several new industry-recognized credentials.
“This project will directly address the workforce crisis impacting manufacturing across the delta region by preparing residents within our service area to enter high wage manufacturing jobs through advanced manufacturing education and training programs,” said Jennifer Hall, LBWCC Associate Dean of Adult Education, Workforce Development, and Continuing Education.
These training programs are aligned with existing workforce strategies; have local industry support; target high-demand occupations with existing skills gaps; and, ultimately, are intended to create employment opportunities that will enhance the economic prosperity of area residents.
LBWCC and RSTC will implement sustainable delivery strategies through traditional and hybrid instruction and offer both new and enhanced training to eligible participants, including dislocated workers, incumbent workers, and new entrants to the workforce. Additionally, external partnerships will grow to assist employers through apprenticeships.
All proposed activities are aligned with the economic development priorities of state and regional workforce entities and the DRA.
For questions, please contact LBWCC Associate Dean of Adult Education, Workforce Development, and Continuing Education, Jennifer Hall at email@example.com.