A $2 million grant is coming to Shoreline Community College from
the U.S. Department of Labor as part of a national effort to help meet our
nation’s critical shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
The project, known as “Credentials to Careers,” will involve
colleges in five states. Shoreline will use the money to increase the number of
manufacturing graduates in the region by better aligning the curriculum with
jobs, adding career navigation services and expanding online resources.
The announcement is timely with the education-advocacy group
A+ Washington recently reporting that by 2018, the number of STEM-related jobs
will grow by 24 percent in the state. Currently, only 74 percent of Washington high
students earn a diploma and 48 percent of beginning college students requires remedial
The grant was announced by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
and is funded as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and
Career Training initiative. It comes just a week after Shoreline was awarded a
$30,000 grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to work
with the Shoreline School District on aligning math and English curricula.
The Credentials to Careers grant builds upon a number of
innovations at Shoreline, including stackable credentials and Integrated Basic
Education and Skills Training (I-BEST). The college’s Computer Numeric
Controlled (CNC) Machining program was the first in the state to receive National
Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification.
A number of organizations will support the implementation of
the three-year project, including the Aspen Institute, Achieving the Dream and
the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
For more information, contact Brandon Rogers, Special
Assistant for Grants and Contracts, (206) 546-4717, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Trade Adjustment Assistance
Community College and Career Training initiative, visit www.doleta.gov/taaccct/