Apprenticeship Closing the Skills Gap

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February 18, 2020

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Original Opportunity Notice: FOA-ETA-19-09

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration awarded $99,281,216 in grant investments to 28 grantees for the H-1B Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap grant program in February 2020.

The primary goal of this grant program is to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans by accelerating the expansion of apprenticeships to industry sectors and occupations that have not traditionally deployed apprenticeships for building a skilled workforce, such as advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and health care and by promoting the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships across the nation to a range of employers, including small and medium-sized employers.

The Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap grantees are represented by 17 institutions of higher education (IHE) and 11 nonprofit trade, industry, or employer associations; labor unions; or labor management organizations. All grant projects feature an Apprenticeship Partnership, which is a partnership of public and private sector entities that include the lead applicant, an IHE (if the lead applicant is not an IHE), employer partners and optional partners. The optional partners can include organizations to support outreach and training activities, Small Business Development Centers, community organizations that provide social support and/or wrap-around services, and optional workforce partners.

Program Activities: The Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap grant program will expand apprenticeship opportunities within H-1B occupations and industry sectors, particularly those sectors that have not deployed apprenticeships on a large scale previously. These include in-demand cybersecurity professions and emerging occupations involving artificial intelligence (AI) across several industry sectors.

Grantees will increase the number and types of workers participating as apprentices by establishing new apprenticeship programs or expanding existing apprenticeship programs; creating the training infrastructure/network to deploy the new programs; promoting apprenticeship programs on a local/regional, statewide, or national scale; and developing training activities for an expanded pool of individual apprentices in the newly certified or expanded programs.

Grantees proposed new or expanded apprenticeship programs in H-1B Industries: advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, with some grantees giving a particular focus to cybersecurity and artificial intelligence in the manufacturing and clean energy industry, wireless technology and broadband, and artificial intelligence in the transportation and supply chain industry.

Awardee information
AwardeeLocationService AreaAward AmountDetails
Aerospace Machinist Joint Training Committee View Abstract (PDF) Seattle, WAWA$996,390.00
Alamo Community College District View Abstract (PDF) San Antonio, TXTX$1,000,000.00
American Association of Port Authorities View Abstract (PDF) Alexandria, VANational$5,888,738.00
American Federation of Labor - CIO View Abstract (PDF) Washington, DCNational$6,000,000.00
Argentum View Abstract (PDF) Alexandria, VANational$5,991,235.00
Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of Arizona State University View Abstract (PDF) Tempe, AZAZ$1,999,285.00
Arkansas Division of Higher Education View Abstract (PDF) Little Rock, ARAR$2,000,000.00
Colorado Community College System View Abstract (PDF) Denver, COCO$2,000,000.00
Electrical Training Alliance View Abstract (PDF) Bowie, MDNational$5,998,953.00
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association View Abstract (PDF) Tallahassee, FLCA, FL$6,000,000.00
Goodwin College, Inc. View Abstract (PDF) East Hartford, CTCT$2,000,000.00
Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) View Abstract (PDF) New York, NYNational$4,000,000.00
Idaho State Board of Education View Abstract (PDF) Boise, IDID$1,998,139.00
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana View Abstract (PDF) Indianapolis, ININ$3,977,255.00
Missouri Chamber Foundation View Abstract (PDF) Jefferson City, MONational$6,000,000.00
North Carolina State University View Abstract (PDF) Raleigh, NCNational$5,999,799.00
Oakland Community College View Abstract (PDF) Auburn Hills, MIMI$4,000,000.00
Regents of the Univ. of CO/Univ. of CO Colorado Springs View Abstract (PDF) Colorado Springs, CONational$5,996,713.00
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner View Abstract (PDF) Warwick, RINational$1,000,000.00
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation, Inc View Abstract (PDF) Alexandria, VAIL$972,000.00
Southern Utah University View Abstract (PDF) Cedar City, UTNational$3,977,088.00
Southwest Tennessee Community College View Abstract (PDF) Memphis, TNAR, MS, TN$998,405.00
The Regents of the University of California (Davis) View Abstract (PDF) Davis, CACA, NV$5,492,408.00
The Regents of the University of California (Riverside) View Abstract (PDF) Riverside, CACA$999,501.00
University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc. View Abstract (PDF) Louisville, KYKY, MO$3,999,999.00
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater View Abstract (PDF) Whitewater, WIWI$1,999,961.00
Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) View Abstract (PDF) Arlington, VANational$5,997,096.00
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership View Abstract (PDF) Milwaukee, WIWI$1,998,251.00