The TAA/CCCT Grant Program is funded by the United States Dept. 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. 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 Dept. 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, while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers. The Dept. of Labor is implementing the TAA/CCCT program in partnership with the Dept. of Education.
Veteran Priority Preference
Veterans and eligible spouses are granted priority of service through the Dept. of Labor's policy for federal grant funded programs. Students are asked to indicate their eligibility for veteran priority on the application form at the time of application to their program of interest. Students will be asked to submit a DD214 form for verification of eligibility at the time of application. Interested students are encouraged to contact a Merced College guidance counselor for assistance in taking advantage of the priority.
Eligible applicants for Veteran Priority Preference are as follows:
(1) a person that served on active duty in the armed forces for a period of less than or equal to 180 days and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable
(2) a person who served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge; or was discharged or released because of a service connected disability; or as a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty pursuant to section 12301 (a), (d), or (g), 12302, or 12304 of Title 10, U.S.C., served on active duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized and was discharged or released from such duty with other than a dishonorable discharge
(3) a person who is (a) the spouse of any person who died on active duty or of a service-connected disability, (b) the spouse of any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who at the time of application for assistance under this part, is listed, pursuant to 38 U.S.S. 101 and the regulations issued thereunder, by the Secretary concerned, in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for more than 90 days: (i) missing in action; (ii) captured in the line of duty by a hostile force; or (iii) forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power; or (c) the spouse of any person who has a total disability permanent in nature resulting from a service-connected disability of the spouse of a veteran who died while disability so evaluated was in existence.
For more information regarding the TAA/CCCT grant program at Merced College, please contact the Program Office at (209) 381-6580.
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