July 7, 2016 – Aurora, CO – The Community College of Aurora (CCA) has been selected as one of 14 national grantees to receive a four-year, $3.9 million Strengthening Working Families Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. CCA is the only institution in Colorado to receive the grant award.
“We recognize our students face many challenges on the path to reaching their career and educational goals,” said CCA president Betsy Oudenhoven. “This grant will help eliminate some of the obstacles they experience so they can realize their potential.”
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. It will also help parents overcome child care, academic, and financial barriers. The grant program will coordinate services across multiple partners to help strengthen working families who want to attend college.
Janel Highfill, CCA’s director of strategic partnerships, and many partners worked diligently to make this grant award a success. “Public-private partnerships like these help us help those who need us most,” said Highfill. “When our students are successful, we are successful.” Other partners involved in this project include: the Community College of Denver, Denver Office of Economic Development, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood (with Colorado Department of Human Services), WorkLife Partnership, the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County, and Gary Community Investments providing matching funds.
The college anticipates close to 800 students and families could be served throughout the grant cycle. Nearly 200 participants could be served annually in technical training programs, such as: IT Tech & Support, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Office Specialist and Medical Administrative Assistant, Machining and Welding and more.
For more information about the grant award, please contact Mary Jackson Meeks, assistant director for public relations & public information officer, at 303-913-5282.