The TAA/CCCT Grant Program is funded by the United States Department of Labor. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act amended the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAA/CCCT) Grant Program. Then, on March 30, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which included $2 billion over four years to fund the TAA/CCCT program.
TAA/CCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. Through these multi-year grants, the Department of Labor is helping to ensure that our nation's institutions of higher education are helping adults succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers. The Department is implementing the TAA/CCCT program in partnership with the Department of Education.
Veterans and eligible spouses are granted priority of service through the Dept. of Labor's policy for federal grant funded programs. Interested potential students are encouraged to contact a Merced College guidance counselor for assistance in taking advantage of the priority.