The U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program was a major investment designed to increase the ability of community colleges to address the challenges of today's workforce. The 60 percent of US community colleges that received TAACCCT grant funding built programs to prepare individuals for high-demand jobs in manufacturing, health care, information technology (IT), energy, transportation, and other industries. The grant funds gave community colleges a significant opportunity to build their capacity to align programs with industry needs and to deliver those programs in accessible formats.
In addition, the TAACCCT grant supported the creation of a digital library called SkillsCommons.org, which serves as a repository of learning resources and program support materials designed in partnership with employers for industry-recognized credentials. Home to materials produced by TAACCCT grantees, SkillsCommons is the world’s largest digital library of workforce training materials. With sustainability in mind, the U.S. Department of Labor required grantees to make the resources produced with grant funds accessible to the public by licensing them via the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). These resources are freely available to the public to download, use, and adapt to enhance or develop programs of study for workforce training.
Finally, we invite you to visit the full collection of TAACCCT resources that have been collected and curated for this community. These resources capture the lessons learned and promising practices developed through TAACCCT to strengthen workforce development efforts in communities across the U.S.