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Grant to help College create national apprenticeship model

Update | Friday, September 6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Columbus State Community College $3.78 million to work with Collin College in Texas to create a national model for flexible apprenticeships in IT and IT-related industries. This will increase the pipeline of workers in high-demand occupations.

The project will use the resources of Columbus State’s Workforce Advisory Council, a group of national employers with IT talent needs convened by Columbus State President David Harrison. Combined with Collin College’s Business and Industry Leadership Team, it will create the Employer and Education Consortium to establish the Flexible Learning Expressway for Technology (FLEXTech) Apprenticeship Consortium. FLEXTech will establish new IT apprenticeship pathways and expand existing pathways.

Nancy Case, dean of Partnerships and Programs, said, “We have good momentum toward understanding the employer needs for entry-level talent. This project will provide support on scaling and framing the program from student, institution, and employer angles. 

The program will expand opportunities to provide workers with apprenticeship training and credentials they need to reach middle-to-high-skilled occupations.

Technology careers impacted by the grant include, but are not limited to:

Computer Systems Analysts
Information Security Analysts
Software Developers
Database Administrators

The project will serve at least 1,600 participants over a five-year period.


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