Thursday, October 23, 2014

ECCC Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Workforce Training

 East Central Community College was recently awarded a $2.5
million grant to provide workforce training opportunities in Winston County, one of the College’s five support counties.

ECCC is among 270 community colleges nationwide and the first announced Mississippi community college to receive the grant, which is provided by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement was made Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, by Vice President Joe Biden.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the College applied for the $2,499.950 grant in response to the unemployment rate and the number of dislocated workers in Winston County.

“Funds will also be used to assist with the training needs of Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) eligible workers in the county as well as qualified individuals who were affected by the tornado damage in the county in late April of 2014,” said Dr. Stewart. “We look forward to partnering with the Montgomery Institute in providing this much-needed training and service to the people of Winston County and the surrounding area.”

The grant will specifically be used to provide training in information technology, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing at the Louisville Career Advancement Center.

Dr. Stewart said several college staff members participated in the grant application process, including Dr. Teresa Houston, Vice President for Instruction; Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, Executive Director for Foundation and Alumni Affairs; David Case, Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Derek Pace, Dean of Information Technology; Lucretia Williams, Director of Workforce Development; and Wayne Eason, Director of Workforce Education.

East Central Community College serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties.