Richland College held its first Employer Advisory Committee (EAC) meeting to address the recently awarded Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant on Oct. 28. This meeting began the process of creating career ladders to give TAACCCT grant participants opportunities for employment in electronics technology and advanced manufacturing.
“This meeting marked the beginning of a major collaboration between Richland College and our community’s electronics technology and advanced manufacturing industry partners,” said Garth Clayton, Richland College’s dean of resource development. “We look forward to working closely with these partners to create enhanced training capacity, new credentialing opportunities and hundreds of highly skilled employees for stable middle-class jobs. Richland College welcomes all employers in these industries to become involved with us and benefit from this extraordinary opportunity.”
In addition to representatives from Richland College, business professionals from local industries were present, including but not limited to manufacturing, technology and healthcare. The businesses present are committed to working with Richland College to assist with the grant. The goal of the meeting was to provide these EAC members with an overview of the Veterans-Focused Engineering Technology Project (VFETP) that will be funded by the grant.
The VFETP will address industries that require trained workers in electronics technology and advanced manufacturing. When Richland College initially filed its application for the TAACCCT grant, there were 990 open jobs in these industries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. While the program makes a special effort to reach veterans, it is not limited to ex-military and will be open to anyone who is eligible to participate.
The grant funding of $3.25 million will allow for three years of activity, followed by one year of data collection. Programs involved in the funding include manufacturing, electronics technology, advanced design, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and electromechanical maintenance.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas is a key collaborator in the project, through referrals of potential students and also data collection.
“Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is pleased to partner with Richland College to help members of our community secure employment in advanced manufacturing,” said Laurie Larrea, president of Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas. “Richland has a sound plan, and all the right people are at the table to carry it out. I expect this to be a win-win situation for individuals in our community and our employers as well.”
For information on this initiative, contact Garth Clayton at 972-238-6357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, Richland College President, Dr. Stephen Mittelstet, and Richland Collegiate High School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (RCHS) Principal, Dr. Kristyn Edney, accepted a $15,000 check from the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC). The check was part of RCHS’ winnings for the Tech Titan of the Future Award (University Level) received last September during the MTBC’s eighth annual awards gala. RCHS was recognized for its inventive approaches to “closing gaps in the K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) student pipeline in its region’s engineering technology-related workforce.”
Cindi Bond Keith, Tech Titan Awards co-chair, presented the check and had this to say about the award, “Overall what we were looking for were places to go and give money where they are trying to make an impact on the future and to what’s going on in engineering in our own market.”
The Tech Titan of the Future Award was created to recognize innovative programs in higher education that prepare students for future careers in engineering technology-related fields. The $15,000 will go toward scholarships for RCHS engineering students who have not completed their engineering course sequence when they receive their RCHS diploma. Scholarship funds will also be available to other Richland College engineering students.
For more information about this award, contact Anitra Cotton at 972-238-6022. To read other RCHS news, visit the Richland College news and media page.