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CBP Frontline Jobs and Internships Webinar

CBP Frontline Jobs and Internships Webinar
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

When: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites you to participate in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Jobs and Internships Webinar from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT on August 23.

Designed specifically for students and recent graduates who are interested in beginning a career with CBP Frontline, this virtual event will feature an overview of CBP’s application and hiring process, highlight exciting entry-level program opportunities, provide insight to diversity at CBP, and a panel of CBP experts will answer live questions from webinar participants.

The event is free for participants. To register for the event, visit As space is limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

More information regarding the webinar will be shared with webinar registrants. Email should you have any questions regarding registration.


Walgreens Looking to Hire HBCU Students & Recent Grads for Internships and Management Trainee Program!

This article originally appeared on HBCUConnect and can be found here.

Looking for an Internship?

Walgreens is more than a place where you can build a career it’s an environment where you can truly make health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach for everyone on a daily basis. From our retail stores and distribution centers to our corporate offices, clinics and pharmacies, the message is clear: we’re dedicated to expanding our position as America’s most convenient provider of consumer goods and services, and pharmacy, health and wellness services.

Our step-by-step Community Management Internship Program equips you to become a Walgreens Store Manager in one of the most exciting and fast-paced retail environments in the nation. You’ll work with experienced store managers on everything from operations and management responsibilities to merchandising and advertising. And at the end of 10 weeks, you’ll have the real-world experience you need to succeed in the Walgreens retail environment and beyond.

Apply Today:

Looking for a Management Trainee Opportunity?

As a Walgreens Assistant Store Management Trainee (ASM-T), you’ll be taking part in a program that offers a unique development opportunity where you are trained to be a leader in a Walgreens store! Because we want you to succeed in your retail career, we’ve created a comprehensive, leadership program that will equip you to become a Walgreens Assistant Store Manager, and then a Store Manager, and from there – depending on your career goals – move into higher levels of retail management at Walgreens.

We provide in-depth leadership training through our two-year Lead, Engage, Advance, Perform (LEAP) program, where you’ll refine skills such as inventory control, merchandising techniques, HR functions and advertisement knowledge. You’ll be provided with the support of upper management, and participate in helpful computer-based and hands-on learning activities, all aimed at providing you with the resources and knowledge to successfully lead your own Walgreens retail location. Learn more and apply online.

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NAFEO Letter to Rules Committee Members in Support of Adams’ Amendments

May 17, 2018

Dear Chairman Sessions and Ranking Member McGovern:

I am writing as the chief executive officer of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the 501(c) (3)-membership association of the nation’s 106 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and roughly 80 Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs), including Huston Tillotson, Jarvis Christian College, Lon Morris College, Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A &M University, Southwestern Christian College, St. Phillips College, Texas College, Texas Southern University, and Wiley College in Texas and Roxbury College in Massachusetts. We also have member colleges and universities in the states of Rules Committee Members from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, New York, and Oklahoma.

For more than 49 years, NAFEO has served as the voice for blacks in higher education.” NAFEO members are the chief executive officers of the HBCUs and PBIs that collectively represent 700,000 students, 70,000 faculty, and 7 million alumni nationwide. I am writing to urge your support and that of all of the Members of the House Rules Committee, for two amendments that Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12th), Chair of the HBCU Bipartisan Congressional Caucus, introduced:

(1) Amendment to Sec.10__. Promoting Federal Procurement with Historically Black College and Minority Institutions; and


As you know, HBCUs and MSIs are graduating disproportionate percentages of the growing populations of the Nation with two-year certificates and four-year degrees in high- and critical-need disciplines for our Nation’s competitiveness. This richly diverse community represents 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), approximately 27 Asian American/Pacific Islander Colleges and Universities (AAPICUs), 500+ Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs), 106 HBCUs and roughly 80 PBIs. HBCUs and MSIs are two- and four-year colleges and universities across six Carnegie classifications. They are located in 40 states in the contiguous United States as well as Antigua & Barbuda, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Spain and the Virgin Islands. These institutions enroll and graduate more than one-third of all students from America’s growing populations (Hispanic, African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native). Collectively these institutions are continuing to do the best job of providing access to high quality postsecondary education opportunities to the growing populations in America, disproportionate percentages of whom are low income and first-generation students.

We believe that the Adams’ amendments will clarify and concretize the intent of a bipartisan majority of Members of Congress relative to the Nation’s investments in HBCUs and MSIs, America’s quintessential equal educational opportunity institutions.

We believe that the Adams’ amendments are reflective of the underpinnings of the consecutive Executive Orders on HBCUs.

In working with the current President in shaping the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the united HBCU Community recommended, and the White House drafting team accepted, the following pertinent explanatory notes:

“In order to advance the development of the Nation’s full human potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education, strengthen the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide the highest quality of education, and increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and benefit from Federal programs the Executive Order will…

  • …. establish a White House Initiative on HBCUs that will…work with executive departments, agencies, and offices, to ensure an increase in the number and amounts of federal contracts, grants, internships, sponsored programs, and cooperative agreements awarded to HBCUs…;
  • …. supervise annually the development of a Federal program designed to achieve an aspirational goal that 5 percent of total federal funding awarded to colleges and universities be awarded to HBCUs. The 5 percent total federal funding goal, shall be backed up with concrete commitments for annual funding increases of at least 10 percent at each federal agency reflected in agency budgets…;
  • …. seek to identify, reduce, and eliminate barriers which may have resulted in reduced participation in, and reduced benefits from, federally sponsored programs, grants, contracts, internships and cooperative agreements…;
  • …. each Executive Department and Executive agency shall establish and publish annual goals and measurable objectives of proposed agency actions to fulfill this Order that shall be submitted at such time and in such form as the senior advisor to the President shall designate…;
  • the senior advisor to the President shall undertake a review of these plans and develop an integrated Annual Federal Plan for Promoting Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Increasing Their Participation in Federal Programs for review and appropriate action by the President and for publication…;
  • …. each year, the senior advisor to the President shall supervise a special review by every Executive Department and agency of its programs and services to determine the extent to which historically black colleges and universities are given an equal opportunity to participate in federally sponsored programs. This review will examine regulatory, procedural and other barriers, determine the adequacy of the announcement of programmatic opportunities of interest to these colleges, and identify ways of eliminating regulatory, procedural and other barriers, as well as inequities and disadvantages….”

The above language was instructive to those Members of the White House HBCU Executive Order teams that shaped the ultimate White House Initiative on HBCUs. Congresswoman Adams’ proposed amendments capture the essence of what was intended by this Administration at the time the current White House Initiative on HBCUs was signed, what was intended by the HBCU Advocacy Community, and by the diverse stakeholders with whom they consulted when assisting with guiding and shaping the Order. These persons included the core and unfaltering HBCU champions, the Congressional Black Caucus, and also a broad and diverse group of other Democratic and Republican Members of Congress.

In 1981, President Reagan issued Executive Order 12320. His order recognized the discriminatory treatment of HBCUs at the hands of government, resulting in their under-funding. He also recognized the central role these institutions must play in “the development of American human potential.” President Reagan, accordingly, established a program to “achieve a significant increase in the participation of by historically Black colleges and universities in [f]ederally sponsored programs.” President Reagan’s Executive Order on HBCUs required that annually, each Executive Department and specified Executive agencies must establish annual plans to increase the ability of historically Black colleges and universities to participate in Federally sponsored programs that included “measurable objectives” of proposed agency actions to fulfill the Order. He required agency and departmental progress reports on the achievement of their plans and end of the year Annual Performance Reports specifying agency performance against their approved measurable objectives.

Twenty-eight years after the Chief Executives of this Nation began recognizing the centrality of HBCUs to the Nation’s competitiveness, security, and to its ability to be a peaceful, inclusive, pluralistic, and just nation, Congresswoman Adam’s proposed amendments would formalize and integrate into important congressional legislation, the report language of successive White House Initiatives on HBCUs, that until now, has remained in the files and the memories of Presidential, legislative, and HBCU counsel.

Please champion and urge members of your respective parties to support Congresswoman Adams’ amendments that would simply incorporate into the Rules the spirit of critical education access and success principles on which this Nation has acted, with varying degrees of commitment and success, for nearly three decades.

Respectfully submitted,

Lezli Baskerville
President & CEO

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Apply Today: Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad

Greetings Representatives of Higher Education Institutions,

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Study Abroad Branch and Partners of the Americas (Partners), we are pleased to announce the second round of the Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad. These 11 grants of up to $42,000 will further the mission of the U.S. Study Abroad Branch by increasing the participation diversity in study abroad through enhancing higher education institutions’ (HEIs) capacity to send their students overseas for academic credit, internships, or other experimental learning opportunities.

U.S. HEIs that are successful in implementing the grant will demonstrate increased capacity to develop and administer study abroad programs that:

  • Clearly identify barriers in diversifying study abroad at their institution and provide a strategic plan for addressing them.
  • Establish and/or significantly expand their study abroad offerings through wholly or substantially new programs, and/or resources that support learning abroad.
  • Provide study abroad opportunities that seek to engage an underrepresented student population on their campuses while also diversifying destinations and/or disciplines for study abroad.

Applications will be accepted now until December 19, 2016 by 5:00pm (EST). Please visit the Capacity Building Grants page for information on the application and Request For Proposal.

If you have questions regarding this grant program, please refer to the FAQs or technically submit your question online by October 18, 2016. All questions and answers will be posted on the Capacity Building Grants page by November 11, 2016.


Last Chance to Apply for the White House Internship Program and the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House in the Obama Administration

Apply today for the Fall 2016 White House Internship Program – the final internship opportunity in the Obama Administration. This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution)
  • Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship
  • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship

Every summer since the start of the Obama Administration in 2009, graduating high school seniors from public and charter high schools in the District of Columbia have been invited to apply for a part-time summer internship opportunity at the White House through the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House.

Additional information on both programs, including eligibility requirements, application materials, and internship timelines are available on the White House website:


Humanities Access Grants

From the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Office of Challenge Grants
Receipt Deadline May 4, 2016

Brief Summary

Humanities Access grants help support capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.

Humanities Access grants establish or augment term endowments(that is, endowments whose funds are entirely expended over the course of a set time period) to provide funding for existing programs at institutions such as public libraries, local and regional museums, historical societies, community colleges, HBCUs and tribal colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, archival repositories, and other cultural organizations. Humanities Access grants are intended to seed longer-term endowment-building efforts.

Programs supported by Humanities Access grants might include, for example

  • a summer project for teens at a local historical society;
  • internships for Native American students at a tribal museum; or
  • a Clemente course at a homeless shelter organized by a community college.

Humanities Access Grants offer two years of match-based funding to be expended through a term endowment over the final three years of the five-year grant period. Humanities Access grant funds should not be used to replace existing program funds. Instead, the grant should expand or enhance an existing exemplary humanities program.

Institutions that have never received an NEH grant and small to mid-sized institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

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How HBCUs Can Get Federal Sponsorship

A new series out of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is designed to expand federal support of HBCU research, programs, and outreach through competitive grants and contracts. Check out the following entries:

Funding Opportunity Announcement–College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative

The Office on Women’s Health announces the College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative, awarding up to 10 cooperative agreements totaling $2 million for a 3-year period.  Applications should focus on implementing policies and practices at post-secondary schools (colleges, universities, technical schools, community college, and trade schools) to prevent sexual assault on their campuses.   For more information, please visit

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Emerging Leaders: US-China Study Delegation

This study abroad program aims to promote African Americans’ interest in career and study options involving US-China relations, thereby expanding opportunities for African Americans in an era of increasing globalization.This program is for students majoring in STEM and Business disciplines and covers travel, housing, and meals while traveling to China.

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Program Dates: June 2-22, 2016
For more information, go to

DOE-EM Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships

Deadline: February 28, 2016

The MSIPP Internships is a new program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) for full time students currently enrolled at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Learn more.

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) announces 2016 Grant Competitions & Seeking Peer Reviewers!

Office of Higher Education Programs (HEP)

HEP facilitates grant programs that promote and expand access to postsecondary education, increase college completion rates for U.S. students and strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities.

Office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE)

IFLE facilitates grant programs that help broaden global competencies that can help drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.

Seeking Peer Reviewers!

Looking for professional development experience in 2016 or interested in learning more about the Department of Education’s OPE and its programs?  OPE seeks to create a pool of specialists to serve as “peer reviewers” to read and evaluate its grant competitions!  Participation requires up to two weeks with modest compensation. Learn more. 

STEM+Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)

The STEM+Computing Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, models, or pedagogical environments that innovatively integrate computing into one or more other STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. In addition, STEM+C seeks to build capacity in K-12 computing education with foundational research and focused teacher preparation. Learn more.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):
March 28, 2016
March 14, 2017
Second Tuesday in March, Annually Thereafter


Baskerville Addresses the Impact of 2016 Omnibus on HBCUs

Passage of 2016 Omnibus Appropriation Buys Time for HBCUs and PBIs; NAFEO Will Not Rest However, Until Congressional & State Appropriations Reflect Criticality of HBCUs & PBIs to American State, National & Global Competitiveness

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the nation’s membership and advocacy association for the 106 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and more than 50 Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), is pleased that the 114th Congress voted to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. NAFEO extends its gratitude to the Members of Congress who supported the Omnibus Appropriations bill in spite of its many shortcomings.  We are especially appreciative of the bipartisan support for HBCU and PBI funding in the bill, reminiscent of the bipartisan support HBCUs received in the United States Congress from 1965 until very recent years, with leadership from Democratic and Republican Congressional Black Caucus members, bipartisan House and Senate leadership, education, scientific, agricultural, defense, and other appropriators.  NAFEO will not rest, however, until congressional and state appropriations reflect the criticality of HBCUs and PBIs to the realization of important national, state, community, international, educational, economic, scientific, entrepreneurial, artistic, agricultural, health and human needs, peace, security and justice goals.

NAFEO is heartened that rather than using as political levers students and families of least advantage; colleges and universities educating disproportionate percentages of the growing populations of the nation with tremendous successes in the high need disciplines, such as HBCUs and PBIs; students whose families have fewer means or are first generation, racial or ethnic minorities in pipeline or student support programs through college; students in need of food, nutrition, and healthcare to ensure an early start, healthy start, head start and college completion; small and disadvantaged businesses; entrepreneurs; others preparing for the labor force who desire internships or apprenticeships; and so many other Americans whose absence from full participation in the  legal economy of the nation will have an adverse impact on wages, public finances, and the security of our communities and our nation, Congress chose to fund the government for the next nine months.

NAFEO is especially pleased about the increase for a wide range of education programs in the Omnibus, most notably, the $23M additional dollars HBCUs and PBIs will receive for undergraduate and graduate program support from the Department of Education;  $1.7M additional dollars the 1890 land-grant institutions (historically black agricultural universities) will receive for research and extension; $3M additional dollars for the HBCU Undergraduate Program, and critical funding for minority health, the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Health Careers Opportunity Program, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Minority Health (REACH) and others.

The increases in support for HBCUs and PBIs are important steps toward freeing these institutions to plan and budget for the next nine (9) months, to build on core curricula, innovative academic, student support, teaching and learning, outcome measurement, and community engagement initiatives. They are inadequate, however, to move the needle from inequality in higher education funding toward equitable funding. HBCUs will only receive a fair share of American tax dollars when congressional and state appropriations reflect the centrality of HBCUs and PBIs to the realization of important American goals: education, economic, entrepreneurial, ecumenical, security and justice goals, to name a few.  HBCUs are just 3% of American colleges and universities, but they are graduating in excess of 40% of African American STEM professionals, more than 50% of African American educational professionals, and 60% of African American health professionals.

As the 2016 Omnibus was being inked, a Hechinger Report revealed, as have many other reports from respected non-partisan research institutes over the past decades, that as the states are becoming more diverse, the nation’s flagship institutions—“large, taxpayer-funded institutions whose declared mission is to educate residents of their states — enroll far smaller proportions of black students than other colleges, and the number appears to be declining, according to federal records and college enrollment data analyzed by The Hechinger Report and The Huffington Post.”  Thomas G. Mortenson, Senior Scholar at The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, has documented this pattern for more than fifteen years.

During the nine months under the Omnibus, NAFEO will educate the American public through its diverse stakeholders and partners about the centrality of HBCUs to American progress and its global competitiveness. NAFEO will push the debate in policymaking, political campaigns and other policy shaping venues through surrogates and supporters in Congress and state legislatures until America recognizes the criticality of HBCUs to future success and justice in America, that HBCUs R US, and congressional and state appropriations reflect this understanding.

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White House and Department of Labor Launch $100 Million TechHire Grant Competition Including $50 Million for Young Americans

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
November 17, 2015

Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Broderick Johnson, and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, will travel to Baltimore, Maryland to announce new steps to advance the President’s TechHire initiative and expand opportunities for young Americans to get trained and placed into well-paying tech jobs. Baltimore is launching its TechHire initiative to expand pathways into tech jobs to those who have historically been left out of Baltimore’s economy and those who are underrepresented in tech fields.

America has about 5.5 million open jobs today. Over half a million job openings are in information technology fields such as software development, network administration, and cybersecurity—rapidly growing sectors with many more jobs than just a decade ago. Whether in manufacturing, advertising, retail, or banking, the average salary in a job that requires information technology (IT) skills is 50 percent higher than the average private-sector American job.

Businesses have added 13.5 million jobs over 68 straight months of private-sector job growth, extending the longest streak on record. While this progress is significant, employers are in critical need of tech talent and too many Americans lack the skills and experience to access these well-paying jobs. Over six million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are out of school and work, which represents a significant untapped resource of productivity and talent for the country.

That is why in March 2015, President Obama launched TechHire, a bold multi-sector effort and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges, but also nontraditional approaches like “coding bootcamps” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months.

Since then, 35 cities, states, and rural areas with more than 500 employer partners in need of this workforce, have begun working together to find new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their actual skills and to create more fast track tech training opportunities. The President has set a goal of reaching more than 40 communities by the end of 2015.

Today, the Administration announced new steps to ensure that Americans, including youth and young adults ages 17-29, individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, and individuals with criminal records, get access including:

  • $100 Million TechHire Grant Competition. Earlier this year, the President announced that as a part of the TechHire initiative, the Administration would commit $100 million to expanding accelerated tech training. Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) is releasing the application for those grants. They will award $100 million or more in H-1B funds, including at least $50 million specifically dedicated to supporting young Americans, ages 17-29, with barriers to training and employment, to partnerships that can that rapidly train and connect workers to well-paying, high-growth jobs across industries such as information technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing.
  • $20 Million Training to Work Grant Competition. Building off the President’s announcement from earlier this month of new actions to promote rehabilitation and reintegration for the formerly incarcerated, today the Administration is also announcing the launch of the fourth round of DOL’s Training to Work grant competition that will award approximately 14 grants to expand access to tech jobs and other high growth occupations for adults ages 18 and older returning from correctional facilities. Interested applicants may apply to this opportunity here.
  • 14 Cities and States Have Made New Commitments to Expand Access to Tech Training and Jobs Since the Launch. Since the launch of TechHire earlier this year, the President has announced that 14 new communities including Baltimore have responded to the TechHire initiative with commitments to work with employer partners on new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their skills, create more accelerated tech training opportunities, and invest in innovative placement programs to connect trained workers with entrepreneurial opportunities and well-paying jobs. Today, the City of Baltimore is launching its TechHire initiative with an emphasis on including those who have historically been left out of Baltimore’s economy and those who are underrepresented in tech fields.

New cities and states that have joined since March

Akron, OH Baltimore, MD Birmingham, AL Cincinnati, OH Lynchburg, VA
Maine New Haven, CT Newark, NJ New Orleans, LA Oakland, CA
Pittsburgh, PA Rhode Island San Jose, CA Washington, DC

More Details on Today’s Announcements:

$100 Million TechHire Grant Competition Includes at Least $50 Million for Young Americans

The DOL competition will award $100 million or more in H-1B funds, including at least $50 million specifically dedicated to supporting young Americans ages 17-29 with employment and training barriers. Grants will be awarded to approximately 30-40 grantees to pilot and scale innovative partnerships between employers, labor organizations, community colleges, and other training providers, local and state governments, the workforce system, non-profits and faith-based organizations that:

  1. Expand access to accelerated learning options that provide a quick path to good jobs, such as “bootcamp” style programs, online options, and competency-based programs.
  2. Use data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring by working with employers to build robust data on where they have the greatest needs, identify what skills they are looking for, and build willingness to hire from both nontraditional and traditional training programs.
  3. Offer specialized training strategies, supportive services, and other participant-focused services that assist targeted populations to overcome barriers, including networking and job search, active job development, transportation, mentoring, and financial counseling.
  4. Connect people to jobs with hiring on-ramp programs with steps ranging from investing in and working with industry-trusted organizations, which will vouch for those who have the skills to do the job, but who may lack the typical profile of degrees and career experience.

While this funding opportunity supports the broader goals of the White House TechHire Initiative, there is no preference given to designated TechHire communities.

Interested applicants can find more information on the TechHire Grants Competition at the application page and at DOL’s TechHire page.

$20 Million Training to Work Grant Competition

The DOL Training to Work competition will award approximately 14 grants totaling $20 million to collaborative partnerships among employers, industry associations, work release programs, and the workforce system that:

  1. Create career pathways into high-demand occupations and industries, such as tech.
  2. Target services to areas with high rates of poverty and crime, with special consideration for communities designated by the Administration as Promise Zones.
  3. Provide a coordinated suite of customized services, including case management, mentoring, education, training, job placement, and post-employment services.

TechHire Progress Since the Launch

  • In June at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the President set a goal to double the number of TechHire cities and states from 21 to over 40 by the end of 2015. Since then, 14 new communities have made independent commitments to make sure that Americans can find work based on their skills and not just their degree, to create more accelerated tech training opportunities, and to invest in innovative placement programs to connect diverse workers with entrepreneurial opportunities and jobs.
  • Additionally, several communities that launched initiatives in March have been making progress in their pilot efforts. For example:
    • Memphis, Tennessee is partnering with local correctional facilities and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology to offer a new one-stop career center inside correctional facilities to train non-violent offenders prior to their release in PC repair, networking, and application development. They are partnering with Seedco to assist with soft-skills and career path development as well.
    • New York City, New York, through the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, has launched the City University of New York Tech Prep program to connect a broad group of individuals, including women and minorities, across the system’s numerous campuses, with industry-informed training and connections to internships or full-time software development jobs with the help of employers like Etsy, Foursquare, Goldman Sachs, MongoDB, and Trello.
    • In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the first class of graduates from the Minneapolis partner Prime Digital Academy are being hired. Additionally, they have launched a $500 scholarship for any student of color applying to participate in the program this year.
    • Launch of Baltimore TechHire Initiative. Today Baltimore is launching its TechHire initiative, which will provide alternative pathways to web development, advertising technology, digital fabrication, and cybersecurity jobs for residents including the unemployed, underemployed, and formerly incarcerated. The initiative will be led by OneBaltimore, which will launch a TechHire Council with primary partners including the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Greater Baltimore Urban League, Code in the Schools, Betamore, the Center for Urban Families, and Goodwill. Employer partners include Verizon, Browns Communications, Delmock Technology, G&G Solutions, Locas Technology, Digit All Systems, Intellibit, SeeFuture, Microsoft, and BITH energy group. The initiative will also be integrated into the work of My Brother’s Keeper Baltimore in support of its Local Action Plan goal to strengthen and expand career-exploration and training programs for opportunity youth.

The President’s Agenda to Create Pathways to the Middle-Class through High-Quality, Job-Driven Training.

TechHire is part of the President’s broader agenda to invest in job-driven training for young Americans and others to get into better, well-paying jobs.

  • Vice President Biden’s Job-Driven Training Review. Last July, the Administration—with the leadership of Vice President Biden—released a plan to expand the number of pathways for Americans to gain the skills they need to get better, higher-paying jobs and increase access to those pathways. Since then, we have taken a number of steps to realize that vision, which is laid out in this progress report.

  • The President’s FY 2016 Budget Connecting for Opportunity proposal provides $1.5 billion to fund subsidized summer and year-round job opportunities for 600,000 youth and initiates a competitive grant program for municipalities to create educational and career pathways for disconnected youth.
  • Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (“EQUIP”) Title IV Experiment. Some non-traditional learning providers (MOOC’s, bootcamps, etc.) show evidence of excellent student outcomes and employment outcomes. However, without financial aid, these programs are largely inaccessible to low-income students. To meet this need, the Department of Education is currently accepting applications for a new financial aid experiment that will allow students to access Title IV student aid to enroll in non-traditional programs that are partnering with education to produce strong student and employment outcomes. Letters of interest received prior to December 14, 2015, will receive priority consideration.
  • Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth. P3 provides communities with flexibility to implement innovative programs to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. The Administration launched the P3 initiative to work with communities to strengthen efforts to overcome challenges through new flexibility in how federal funds are used. State, local, and tribal governments will have an opportunity to test new strategies for serving disconnected youth, including by pooling funding for programs and services and better coordinating and aligning the systems that serve youth. This Fall, the Department of Education, in partnership with the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Justice, as well as Corporation for National and Community Service and Institute for Museum and Library Services, selected the first round of nine pilots including Broward County, FL; Chicago, IL; East Baton Rouge, LA; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; the State of Oklahoma; Seattle, WA; Southeastern, KY; and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, a Federally-recognized Indian tribe.
  • VA Accelerated Learning Competition. To ensure that Veterans can take full advantage of innovative learning models, VA has applied $5 million in innovation funding in FY15 and continuing into FY16 to leverage accelerated learning and test its effectiveness for transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans. The initiative is focused on amplifying Veterans’ and transitioning Servicemembers’ Information Technology experience through fast-tracked training leading to industry certification. Since its launch, the program received an overwhelming applicant response and students are currently progressing through the initial training phase of the program.