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Lake Area Technical College Awarded a $2.5 Million Job-Driven Training Grant

Posted on: October 2, 2014   |   Category: News

WATERTOWN, SD – Lake Area Technical College is the recipient of a $2.5 million job-driven training grant according to an announcement Monday by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Across the nation, 270 community colleges will share $450 million in grant monies as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.

The grants will provide community colleges and other institutions funds to partner with employers to expand and improve their education and career training programs. This will help job seekers obtain the skills they need for high-demand jobs in industries like information technology, health care, energy, and advanced manufacturing.

At Lake Area Technical College, grant funds will enhance training initiatives in the Electronic Systems Technology, Energy Operations, High Performance Engine Machining, Precision Machining, Robotics, and Welding programs.

“This grant will help us address the regional workforce needs in Advanced Manufacturing by assisting us in expanding our pipeline at the entry level,” Lake Area Technical College President Mike Cartney said.  “We are excited to be working, not only with businesses in Codington County, but in Brookings and Brown counties as well on this endeavor.”