UCC Career Pathways Wins Huge Grant

Cha-Ching! The Career Pathways program, as part of a consortium of all 17 Oregon community colleges, landed a $279,677 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help reduce obstacles for UCC students and increase graduation rates.

Currently the graduation rates are 13%, according to data obtained from the U.S.  Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and posted to CampusCorner.com as well as other sites such as MatchCollege.com.

 Developed through a program called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT), this grant will use career coaches who will reduce enrollment obstacles for students. The grant will also fund a system which gives credit for prior learning and decreases the time needed for certification and job placement.

“This was a highly competitive grant process,” said Susan Taylor, director of Adult Basic Skills Development.

“It was highly competitive and we are very fortunate to have received this grant,” agreed Ali Mageehon, who was instrumental in the award.

UCC and the other colleges in the consortium began receiving the grant on Oct. 1. Funding continues for the next three years, to the tune of over $90,000 each year.

The Mainstream is a student publication of Umpqua Community College.