College Receives MOSTEMWins Grant
Moberly Area Community College will receive a portion of a $19.7 million, statewide grant that will train an estimated 1,900 Missouri workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program that brings the state's public two-year institutions together with the State Technical College of Missouri to improve the way they educate adult learners – especially those who have lost jobs because of the impact of foreign trade and other negative economic trends. The TAACCCT program also funded MoHealthWINs in 2011 and MoManufacturingWINs in 2012. Nearly 5,500 Missourians have received training through those programs to date. Almost half of those participants were unemployed when they started.
The new grant project, called MoSTEMWINs, will train Missourians for jobs in transportation, manufacturing, information technology, health services/health sciences, and science support. The consortium of colleges chose to focus on STEM jobs because of those jobs' importance to the state's strategic plan for economic growth and positive long-term employment prospects.
MACC will receive $345,995 to expand its Mechatronics program, which combines mechanical maintenance and 21st century technology. The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to be electrical and mechanical technicians who can troubleshoot, maintain, and repair mechanical equipment for today's highly integrated and automated manufacturing facilities.
"These programs have been great for the state. We're very pleased to be participating in round three of the MOWINs grants," said MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley. "This will allow us to deliver our Mechatronics program throughout our service region, making it more accessible to the communities and people that need it."
The equipment-training portion of the program was originally based at MACC's Columbia Higher Education Center. The grant will allow for the creation of a mobile lab that will take the classroom on the road. Students will be able to attend classes virtually and perform the hands-on training inside the mobile lab.
In a press release announcing the grant, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said "Through programs such as MoSTEMWINS, the state of Missouri and our community colleges have helped lead the nation in preparing students to step into good jobs in fast-growing fields. These grants will create further valuable opportunities for our students, and enhance Missouri's economic competitiveness in the global marketplace."