SMC RECEIVES $1.2 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR JOB TRAINING IN LOGISTICS, HEALTH CARE
Santa Monica College is pleased to announce it has received two economic development grants totaling $1.2 million to develop a program to train workers in the ever-expanding field of logistics – the global movement of goods and services – and in health care.
The two grants of $600,000 each were awarded
by the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s Office.
“Santa Monica College is perfectly positioned to provide this training, given our location in a region where logistics is one of the largest employment growth sectors and given our proximity to two of the world’s largest ports and Los Angeles International Airport,” said SMC Provost Marvin Martinez, who oversees the college’s Office of Workforce & Economic Development. “These grants demonstrate that SMC is on top of the trends in economic development in this region and is committed to preparing our work force for excellent jobs in growth industries.”
Under the terms of the grant, the college will work in partnership with several other organizations, including Triangle Network, a logistics corporation in Los Angeles; Los Angeles and Long Beach port agencies; Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.; Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board; Center for International Trade and Development; and Long Beach Workforce Investment Board.
Logistics is the second largest employment sector in the U.S. and is forecast to continue to grow, according to industry professionals. Organizations spend nearly $800 billion a year on logistics in the U.S., and worldwide, more than $1.4 trillion is spent annually.
The health care grant will allow SMC and industry partners to implement short-term training activities that enable individuals to enter the health care industry as certified nursing assistants, medical front office clerks, substance abuse counselors and home health aides. Up to 260 participants in the Los Angeles area, with at least 65 being CalWORKS recipients, will receive training. The project will help address the critical workforce shortages throughout California’s health care field.
SMC will work with the following partners
on the grant project – Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board;
American Caregivers, Inc.; California Certification Board of Chemical
Dependency Counseling; California Alcohol and Drug Program; and Golden
State Adult Day Care Centers.
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