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(AACC) has partnered with the U.S. Department of
Labor to launch a major initiative to dramatically
increase the number of apprentices entering the
workforce. Through the Expanding Community
College Apprenticeship, they will work alongside
industry partners to create a Virtual Apprenticeship
Network that connects community colleges and
employees looking for training opportunities.
Eighty community colleges will receive funding to
support the rapid expansion of local partnerships
to garner 12,000 new apprentices in three years.
In addition, AACC will work with four globally
recognized companies and their local community
colleges to develop and implement specific programs
designed to ensure their specific needs for qualified
and trained employees are met. These partners will
each commit to training 1,000 apprentices within the
“These are not apprentices in name only,” AACC
President and CEO Walter G. Bumphus says. “These
are industry-relevant apprenticeship programs that
we hope will result in thousands of students that
are job-ready and a newly imagined network of
apprenticeships that will serve industry employers
needs for decades to come.”
Stay tuned to AACC’s website for more
Helping homeless students
A pilot program in Massachusetts will address youth homelessness by housing a small group
of homeless community college students at nearby four-year colleges and universities. Up to
20 homeless students at four community colleges will receive dormitory housing through partnerships with nearby four-year institutions.
It’s estimated that there are at least 1,800 young adults every year who experience homelessness
in Massachusetts, according to the state’s Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness.
Among unaccompanied homeless youth, students who are enrolled in the state’s colleges
and universities represent a population of unique interest and growing concern, according
to the state.
The community college/university partners are Massasoit Community College and
Bridgewater State University, MassBay Community College and Framingham State University,
Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University, Middlesex Community
College and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.