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Gary Community Investments Awards $1 Million Matching Grant to Strengthen Working Families

Sept. 21, 2016 – Aurora, CO – The Community College of Aurora (CCA) has received a four-year, $1 million matching grant from Gary Community Investments, a local philanthropic organization. The grant will match 25 percent of a four-year, $3.9 million grant the college received in July as part of the Strengthening Working Families Initiative from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The program, titled “Access to Success,” will help parents access jobs in high-demand, high growth career pathways in healthcare, information technology, and advanced manufacturing. The program helps mitigate challenges parents may encounter by offering innovative case management and wrap-around services, access to quality child care options, and employer engagement. 

“We are both excited and appreciative that Gary Community Investments is supporting our program,” said CCA President Betsy Oudenhoven. “Our hope is to make a significant difference in the lives of these families by helping working parents persist on a path to academic and career success.” Interested students can apply online through the CCA Strengthening Working Families Initiative website.

The program is a public-private partnership between the Community College of Aurora, the Community College of Denver, Denver Office of Economic Development, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, WorkLife Partnership, the Community-Campus Partnership, and the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County.

The college anticipates close to 800 students and families will be served throughout the grant cycle. Nearly 200 participants will be served annually in technical training programs, including: IT Tech & Support/Computer Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Office Specialist and Medical Administrative Assistant, machining and welding certificates.

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