Rio Salado College, the online college that is part of Maricopa County Community Colleges, received a grant from the federal government to improve the college’s ability to deliver quality education and training programs to prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers.
Rio Salado will receive part of a nearly $20 million federal grant that will be split among five other community colleges. Community colleges throughout the country will receive about $500 million in grant money.
“Making it possible for unemployed Americans to return to work is a top priority of President Obama’s,” said Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis. “This initiative is about providing access to training that leads to real jobs.”
The federal grants are the first installment of $2 billion, four-year investment designed to increase opportunities for the unemployed, along with Obama’s American Jobs Act, a press release for the U.S. Department of Labor said.
“These federal grants will enable community colleges, employers and other partners to prepare job candidates, through innovative programs, for new careers in high-wage, high-skills fields, including advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations,” Solis said.