Merced College wins trade, training grants

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

The grants were provided by the California Community Colleges Economic & Workforce Development Program's Strategic Initiative. The programs are 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 work force development.

In the international trade category, five community colleges were funded out of 13 applicants. Six community colleges were funded in the work force development 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 workers and to contribute to regional economic growth and competitiveness. The international trade and work force development programs serve economic development through education and services focusing on work force improvement, technological deployment and business development.

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