SCC joins “Design It, Build It, Ship It” Program
Solano Community College, along with 10 other community colleges in the Eastern Bay Area, joined the program “Design It, Build It, Ship It” (DBS), a regional workforce initiative program consisting of 10 East Bay community colleges.
Thanks to grant funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Initiative, the Department of Labor recently awarded $500 million dollars to a variety of Community Colleges across the U.S.
The “Design It, Build It, Ship It” program looks to strengthen skills required in advanced manufacturing and transportation, as well as help pave the way for careers within such departments. The nine colleges beside Solano include Alameda, Berkeley, Chabot, Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, Laney, Los Medanos, Merritt, and Ohlone.
Solano will be using the funding towards new means of instruction methods toward existing program such as biotechnology and water/wastewater treatment. Solano, among six colleges, leads coordination efforts with biotechnology and water/wastewater programs, having designed their own personal programs for them.
Superintendent/President Jowel Laguerre shared his enthusiasm for the news.
“I am pleased by the federal government’s awareness of the critical role community college plays in workforce and economic development,” said Laguerre. “We are excited to lead the biotech and water/wastewater trainings for the consortium, as this is a testament to the high quality programs offered her at Solano Community College.”
With the TAACCCT being in its second round of its four-year $2 billion dollar program, President Obama has set the goal that by 2020 every American has at least one year of post-secondary education and that America will have a larger portion of college graduates.