Six Kentucky community colleges will share in $10 million in federal grant money to increase online learning programs for the computer and medical fields. The grants are part of the TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) program, which is awarding more than $450 million in grants overall.
Somerset Community College is among the schools receiving funds. Ivy Tech College in Indiana was also awarded $2.5 million dollars in grant money to pay for its new computing and informatics program.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says community colleges play an important role in the U.S. economy, calling them the “secret sauce”.
“What this really is, this is kind of like how Dwight Eisenhower built the highway infrastructure in the 50s. We’re building the new infrastructure of adult training and education in the 21st century,” said Perez.
The next public forum over Kentucky's upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Wednesday in Somerset. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplace in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.