Santa Monica College has been awarded a $4.87 million grant for job training in the high-demand fields of recycling and resource management, officials with the college said Monday.
The Community-Based Job Training Grant comes through the U.S. Department of Labor.
Through this grant, SMC will collaborate with two Orange County community colleges — Irvine Valley and Golden West — to develop training curriculum that will yield a certificate degree in recycling and resource management. The curriculum will be used to create a national certification program.
The grants “will create opportunities for working Americans to train for high-demand occupations with the help of our nationwide community college system,” said U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.
SMC is one of 41 community colleges and organizations nationwide to be selected for a total of $125 million in grants.
This is the second time SMC has received funds from the Community-Based Job Training Program. In 2006 the college was awarded a grant to increase access to training programs for careers in nursing.