FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Zora Mulligan, MCCA Executive Director
(573) 230-9318 (mobile)
(573) 634-8787 (office)
Jefferson City, Missouri – May 16, 2013. Missouri’s manufacturing training consortium, MoManufacturingWINs, has been selected to participate in the Community College Transformative Change Initiative (CCTCI), a groundbreaking partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates and Lumina Foundations, Achieving the Dream, the University of Illinois, and The Collaboratory, LLC. Missouri is one of only ten other TAACCCT consortia grantees chosen to participate in the initiative.
Led by the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), MoManufacturingWINs is funded by a national grant that connects unemployed, underemployed, Trade Act-eligible, and low-skilled workers to manufacturing industry training at community colleges. The program cultivates multi-level strategic partnerships among two-year colleges, career centers, and employers to enable participants to earn industry-recognized credentials and high-quality certificates to boost their job competitiveness.
This is the second time a Missouri community college TAACCCT grant has been selected for this honor. Last November, MCCA announced that its healthcare training program, MoHealthWINs, was one of eight TAACCCT consortia grantees chosen to participate in CCTCI’s first experientially rich learning laboratory and collaborative network dedicated to advancing transformative change through community colleges.
On June 26-27, two representatives from Missouri’s consortium will participate in a “Scaling Forum” in Chicago where participants will share transformative policies, processes, and practices, work with experts on scaling implementation plans, and network with colleagues.
CCTCI says the knowledge, practices, policies and transformative innovations created across this national network “will advance the role that community colleges play today and tomorrow.”
MCCA Grant Director Dawn Busick credits the work done by consortium partners in recent years as the reason Missouri was selected. “We are already seeing real culture changes within the consortium institutions with these innovative and accelerated delivery models,” she said. “CCTCI provides the catalyst many of us have been waiting for to deploy educational advancements such as stackable credentials, credit for prior learning, and accelerated adult education across a broad statewide consortium of two-year colleges.”
The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.
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