Ivy Tech Community College Receives U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Grant to Close the Skills Gap

(RALEIGH, NC) – Ivy Tech Community College is one of 28 public-private apprenticeships that will receive a U.S. Department of Labor grant through the Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program.

These grants will support large-scale expansions of apprenticeship in industries including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology.

President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeship in America called for increasing the number of apprentices in the United States across all industries. There are more than 6.4 million job openings reported in the United States and expanding apprenticeships will help individuals gain the skills necessary to fill these vacancies.

“These grants will further the Administration’s efforts to expand apprenticeships. For Americans who want an alternative to the traditional bachelor’s degree, apprenticeships are a way to learn valuable skills that lead to good-paying careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “Companies across the country tell me that their greatest challenge today is finding the skilled workers they need. This funding will bolster America’s competitiveness by adding more skilled workers to fill millions of open jobs today and in the future.”

Secretary Scalia made the announcement during a trip to North Carolina State University, one of the grantees.

The Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program will support the training of more than 92,000 individuals in new or expanded apprenticeship programs for a range of employers, including small and medium-sized businesses, veterans, military spouses, service members re-entering the civilian workforce and groups underrepresented in current apprenticeship programs, including women and Americans reentering the workforce from the justice system.  

The grant program supports apprenticeships that include a paid, work-based learning component and a required educational or instructional component that results in the issuance of an industry-recognized credential; and which meet appropriate quality assurance standards. 

H-1B fees fund the Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program. Awards ranging from $500,000 to $6 million each will go to 28 public-private apprenticeship partnerships led by institutions of higher education; state systems of higher education; nonprofit trade, industry, or employer associations; labor unions; or labor-management organizations partnering with businesses ready to train apprentices. This grant program places a heavy emphasis on private sector partnership, with a corresponding 45% match of federal funds awarded. 

A list of grantees and award amounts is below:

Apprenticeship:  Closing the Skills Gap Grant Awards
AwardeeHeadquarter LocationAward Amount
Aerospace Machinist Joint Training CommitteeWA$996,390
AFL-CIO Working for AmericaDC$6,000,000
Alamo Community College DistrictTX$1,000,000
American Association of Port AuthoritiesVA$5,888,738
Arkansas Division of Higher EducationAR$2,000,000
Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of Arizona State UniversityAZ$1,999,285
Colorado Community College SystemCO$2,000,000
Electrical Training ALLIANCEMD$5,998,953
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse AssociationFL$6,000,000
Goodwin College Inc.CT$2,000,000
H-CAP Inc.NY$4,000,000
Idaho State Board of EducationID$1,998,139
Ivy Tech Community College of IndianaIN$3,977,255
Missouri Chamber FoundationMO$6,000,000
North Carolina State UniversityNC$5,999,799
Oakland Community CollegeMI$4,000,000
Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, State of Rhode IslandRI$1,000,000
Regents of the University of Colorado/UOC-Colorado SpringsCO$5,996,713
SHRM Foundation Inc.VA$972,000
Southern Utah UniversityUT$3,977,088
Southwest Tennessee Community CollegeTN$998,405
The Regents of the University of California (Davis)CA$5,492,408
The Regents of the University of California (Riverside)CA$999,501
University of Louisville Research Foundation Inc.KY$3,999,999
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWI$1,999,961
Wireless Infrastructure AssociationVA$5,997,096
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership Inc.WI$1,998,251

Learn more about grant eligibility and how to apply for funds.

The Employment and Training Administration administers federal government job training and dislocated worker programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are provided primarily through state and local workforce development systems.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.