Pierpont Community & Technical College Celebrates $1 MILLION GRANT for Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

Pierpont Community & Technical College Celebrates $1 MILLION GRANT for Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

Pierpont Community & Technical College Celebrates $1 MILLION GRANT for Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Consortium
 
Fairmont, WV; October 19, 2018 – Pierpont Community & Technical College today celebrated gifts totaling $1 million for the continued advancement of the Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium. Pierpont is a partner of the initiative, which is a multi-state, multi-industry effort striving to bridge the gap between the lack of STEM graduates and the workforce shortage in energy and advanced manufacturing.
 
Grants include:
 
Appalachian Regional Commission: $587,950 over three years
Chevron: $250,000 over one year
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: $248,300 over one year 
 
In addition, the TEAM Consortium will benefit from in-kind matches from 10 educational partners totaling $597,894 over three years.
 
The grants and the in-kind matches, which total more than $1.6 million over three years, will support three foundation elements of the consortium’s workforce development work:
 
Align relevant curricula among higher education institutions to facilitate the creation of seamless pathways to jobs, even across state lines;
Provide necessary online access to information and referrals to programs within energy and advanced manufacturing (E&AM); and 
Build on the success of outreach and engagement practices that raise awareness of, change perceptions about and increase interest in pursuing occupations in these targeted STEM sectors. 
 
“Innovative partnerships and a willingness to work together to improve STEM education is what will propel West Virginia forward. Accessible and affordable education is the key to improving our local workforce, increasing entrepreneurship, and is what will attract investors to our state, so collaborations such as the Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Consortium that support STEM career education are vital to economic development” said Pierpont's President Dr. Johnny M. Moore. 
 
The TEAM Consortium’s mission is to create clear and accessible pathways through education and training into STEM careers in energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. TEAM brings together partners from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and from industry, higher education, workforce and economic development sectors to address critical workforce shortages. 
 
“Working to fill the STEM workforce gap is a big job, one that no one company, college or organization can do on its own,” said CCBC Interim President Roger Davis. “These commitments from Appalachia Regional Commission, Benedum and Chevron allow CCBC and our partners to build on the successes we had in our first year. It also shows that when all of us work toward a bigger, common goal, we can move the needle and make a difference in our regions.”
 
CCBC leads the TEAM Consortium, and the CCBC Foundation is the recipient of the aforementioned grants.
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