Merced College gets two grants to support trade center and workplace learning

Merced College said it received two grants totaling $410,000 to support the programs offered through the College's Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and the Workplace Learning Resource Center (WpLRC).

The grants were provided by the California Community Colleges Economic & Workforce Development Program's Strategic Initiative. The programs are located in the College's Business Resource Center in downtown Merced.

"We knew our grants would face tough competition, and because of this the staff began working on the grant applications last November," said Karyn Dower, the college's Dean of Workforce Development.

In the CITD category, only five community colleges were funded out of 13 applicants. Six community colleges were funded in the WpLRC competition out of 16 applicants, the college said in a news release.

"Our programs are strong and provide a statewide model for the delivery of services," Dower said. "With this funding, the programs will continue the high performance, high quality of services to our regional businesses."

The grants will allow the College to increase its ability to train local workers and to contribute to regional economic growth and competitiveness. Both the CITD and WpLRC programs serve economic development activities by advancing the region's economic growth and global competitiveness through quality education and services focusing on continuous workforce improvement, technological deployment and business development.

Merced College's Business Resource Center is located at 630 W. 19th St. in Merced. For more information, call (209)386-6732.