Southeastern CC Receives Funding from City of Lincoln U.S. Bailout Act – Nebraska City News Press

Southeast Community College will receive nearly $4.5 million in U.S. federal bailout funds distributed by the City of Lincoln to meet the workforce development needs of individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced six grant recipients totaling $12 million at a March 10 press conference.

The College will use part of the funds to develop a workplace learning office, the purpose of which will be to create personalized training for people who may be underemployed or unemployed due to COVID-19. The training will allow these individuals to retrain or upgrade in high-demand areas, said CSC President Dr. Paul Illich. “We specifically identified information technology, welding, manufacturing and health sciences as these high-demand areas,” Illich said. “Creating a dedicated office is the first step.

“The second part is that we will create dedicated training spaces and asymmetrical training. We’re going to start with an information technology center that we’re designing. So this (funding) has come at a perfect time as we try to recover from COVID-19. We want to make sure we have the capacity to enable this training for those who may not need a full credential. Maybe they just need a few weeks or a month or whatever it takes. We want to be able to position ourselves perfectly so that we can partner with city and industry partners to get the exact training they need. »

In direct response to the individual and city-wide negative impacts of COVID-19, and in line with the Mayor’s 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force Report, SCC will use the funds to construct and equip flexible lab spaces and permanent for retraining, development and learning. , and internships in high-demand, high-wage industry sectors, including health sciences, manufacturing and welding, and information technology, and implement and coordinate customized refresher training/ development and apprenticeship/internship opportunities through a new CSC workplace learning office.

Prior to the 2020 pandemic, the city of Lincoln experienced significant shortages of skilled workers across many industry sectors, Illich said, and those labor shortages are expected to deepen in the absence of strong interventions.

“Over the past five years, SCC has pursued several transformative initiatives to overcome this barrier to economic growth by expanding our ability to produce a skilled workforce and affordable access to higher education,” he said. he declares.

Illich continued, “This new Information Technology Center (to be built on the Lincoln Campus) will be a tremendous opportunity to directly address the skills shortage we have in this field. We’re going to be able to do the same with this award in health sciences, as well as in welding and fabrication. It will be an absolute game-changer as we recover from COVID-19 and move forward into the future. This is a tremendous opportunity not only for SCC and its industry partners, but also for the City of Lincoln. More importantly, those who are directly impacted by COVID. We are very happy to be part of it.

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