Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently announced a $12 million initiative to train his state’s residents for high-tech jobs. The initiative will award grants to community colleges to expand or start new tech programs, reports Community College Times.
Occupations targeted by the initiative include veterinary and pharmacy technicians, nursing aides, and skills craftsmen. As the article outlines, there are specific criteria the colleges are required to meet to earn awards:
Community colleges applying for the competitive grants will be required to provide a detailed description of the programs they plan to develop or expand, including:
- Outlining the specific actions they will take to expand the capacity of high-demand programs
- Detailing the market demand for the programs, both by students and employers
- Identifying partners from business and industry who can help design the programs
- Aligning the expansion of these programs with local economic-recovery efforts
- Showing that the expansion will create or add pathways to specific high-demand careers in the local market
- Drafting an implementation plan for the programs
EMSI’s labor market data and analysis tools — used by colleges across the country — can help with the bulk of these requirements. Specifically, our tools can help applicants determine labor market demand, align new or existing programs, and link the programs to specific priority careers, among other things.
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