CMTA Applies for $10 million in Funding to Train Next Gen Manufacturing Workers

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 18, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor announced in September the availability of $150 million in funding through the H-1B One Workforce Grant Program for training middle-to-high-skilled H-1B occupations within key economic sectors, including information technology and cyber security, advanced manufacturing, and transportation.

CMTA is seeking all opportunities to upskill California’s manufacturing labor pool and train a new generation of workers to grow California’s future workforce. This is why we joined with the Foundation of California Community Colleges (FCCC) to apply for $10 million of this grant funding over the next four years. Industry partners joining CMTA to strengthen our application and overall efforts were Taqtile, Aerojet, California Steel Industries, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Edwards Lifesciences, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Tesla, Inc., AT&T. Calbright online Colleges also partnered to bring resources to the education side of the equation.

The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused disruptions in the labor market, but also forced many education and training providers and employers to rethink how to deliver training. This grant program streamlines funding for a more integrated workforce system that encourages an innovative mix of training strategies, leveraging innovative modes of training delivery, including online, distance and other technology-enabled learning. CMTA and FCCC will assist with funding for employers to try innovative augmented reality training tools from Taqtile. Training data will be analyzed to determine training effectiveness and to determine whether training has led to higher quality and/or higher efficiency in technology adoption.

If funded CMTA and FCCC, along with our many partners will train and place 5,000 unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers in manufacturing industries in California targeted H-1B industry sectors. In most cases our programs will award Bachelor’s degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineer and computer science, associate degrees in computer science and engineering technology, or certificates in manufacturing technologies, automation, Lean, AR, engineering technologies, maintenance technology, production technology, IT and cybersecurity.

This is an exciting opportunity to train California’s next generation of manufacturing workers and CMTA will let you know when the grant awardees are announced, likely before the end of 2020. The grant is highly competitive with many applicants.

Other critical partners on the grant include workforce development organizations such as the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network, and the South Bay Workforce Investment Board.

We thank all of our partners in bringing this extensive grant application together so quickly.

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