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Clark University and Public Consulting Group receive $12 million grant from Department of Labor to expand apprenticeships

Clark University has been awarded a $12 million apprenticeship grant from the Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration to provide business technology training nationwide to people struggling with unemployment and underemployment, and to those who seek to master relevant technology skills in an evolving workplace.

Clark is the only academic institution in Massachusetts involved in this effort.

The “Scaling Apprenticeships Through Sector-Based Strategies” grant proposal was written in close partnership with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG), of Boston, Mass., and will be implemented through a consortium of institutions of higher education, technology industry partners, and workforce boards across the nation. A Tech Quest Apprenticeship Expansion Consortium (TQ Consortium) has been developed to promote and implement apprenticeships.

“This grant serves as a platform to change the way America approaches the pathway from education to the workplace,” said David P. Angel, President of Clark University. “We need to bring the earn-and-learn model of apprenticeships into careers in business technologies coast to coast. Together with our eight state coalition of partners in higher education, workforce development and industry, we’re going to redefine career awareness, career readiness, and lifelong learning to improve the competitiveness of our workforce.”

“We know this opportunity is larger than meeting the specific goals of the grant. It’s about advancing higher education and workforce development public policy toward apprenticeships as a model of teaching, learning, and career achievement simultaneously,” said Bill Mosakowski, Founder and President of Public Consulting Group, a national firm in management consulting and operations improvement.

The Tech Quest program will provide IT and IT-related apprenticeships to a minimum of 5,000 individuals over the next four years in eight states: Florida; Massachusetts; California; Nevada; Pennsylvania; Oregon; Texas; and Missouri. Eligible participants include unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers. Through the apprenticeship programs, these workers will be matched with employers and receive on-the-job training and academic training, gaining employment as they improve their skills and move up the career ladder.

A minimum of five new technology-focused apprenticeship programs will be established to help expand IT-related apprenticeships into new service areas. These programs include traditional and high-demand emerging IT-related occupations.

According to Nicholas Haber, Director, STEM & CTE for Certiport – A Pearson VUE company, “The grant is a great opportunity to expand apprenticeships in high demand business occupations such as business analysts, data scientists, business intelligence, project management, business management, and others. Apprentices will be able earn Certiport’s new industry recognized Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification to validate the skills and training they receive in their apprenticeships along with many other technology certifications.”

Apprenticeship services will be provided through an initial consortium of six universities, 13 industry partners, 12 workforce boards, and the National Association of Workforce Boards. The Deshpande Network, associated with the MIT Deshpande Center, and the nonprofit Entrepreneurship for All will offer additional entrepreneurial incubator and accelerator services and training. A full list of consortium partners is included below.

“The span and scope of this grant will allow us to offer our training programs nationally,” said Angela Pate, PCG Manager, Business Development. “The consortium of business partners, colleges and workforce boards will collectively focus on standardizing programs that can be implemented anywhere, so we can lift even more workers into positions with higher pay and stronger futures.”

PCG will provide administrative, programmatic, and partner coordination to support Clark University as they work to achieve the grant outcomes. PCG will also serve as the national sponsor and workforce intermediary for the project, working with the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and private Standards Recognition Entities (SRE) to register new apprenticeable occupations and training standards.

The Department of Labor has awarded a total of $183.8 million in Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grants to private-public apprenticeship partnerships in information technology, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare. These grants support the training of more than 85,000 apprentices in new or expanded apprenticeship programs. A full list of the 23 academic institutions and consortia who received grants with their private-sector partners can be found online.

consortium partners:
Institutions of Higher Education: Clark University (Massachusetts), University of California-Merced (California), Rancho Santiago Community College (California), University of Florida (Florida), Santa Fe Community College (Florida), Florida Vocational Institute (Florida)
Workforce Development Boards: Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board (California), Nova Workforce Development (California), San Bernardino Workforce Development Board (California), San Diego Workforce Partnership (California), CareerSource North Central Florida (Florida), Boston Private Industry Council (Massachusetts), Kansas City & Vicinity Workforce Development Board (Missouri), St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (Missouri), Las Vegas Workforce Connections (Nevada), Portland Metro Workforce Development Board (Oregon), Bucks County Workforce Development Board (Pennsylvania), Workforce Solutions Borderplex (Texas)
The Deshpande Network and Entrepreneurship For All
National Association of Workforce Boards

about Public Consulting Group:

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has over 2,500 professionals in more than 60 offices worldwide. PCG’s Human Services practice helps state, county, and municipal human services agencies to achieve their performance goals in order to better serve populations in need. PCG’s seasoned professionals offer proven solutions to help agencies design programs, services, and systems; increase program revenue; cut costs; and improve regulatory compliance with state and federal regulations.


Go beyond cow’s milk!

By Zachary Toliver

Perhaps you caught the vegan protesters outside the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle recently. I was one of them, for a reason most folks don’t think about, which I’ll get to in a second.

Our message was that there are countless reasons to protest the dairy industry, from thoroughly documented abuse of animals and environmental destruction to the billions in subsidies that Big Dairy receives every year.

For me personally, it was also about “normalizing” the consumption of cow’s milk and why that’s straight up discriminatory. Sure, we were outside Starbucks to demand that the company drop its surcharge on vegan milk. But as the entire world goes vegan, treating cow’s milk as the standard is a major problem, even for America’s biggest coffee brewer.

Normalizing cow’s milk is inherently racially biased. Some 70% of African Americans are lactose intolerant: In general, people of color are less likely to have the genetic mutation required to digest lactose. But according to the National Institutes of Health, most humans are lactose-intolerant, regardless of race — 65% of the global population.

There’s nothing healthy about drinking the breast milk of a different species. In what world does it make sense to promote the consumption of a product that causes stomach distress to well over half the population?

The dairy industry spends millions on misleading ad campaigns urging people to drink cow’s milk when medical professionals have shown again and again that dairy is a health hazard. It’s loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat. Studies suggest that consuming it may also contribute to asthma, recurrent ear infections, constipation, iron deficiency, anemia, juvenile-onset diabetes, and even cancer.

Instead of slapping a surcharge on the majority of the population at risk of being sickened by cow’s milk — many of whom are people of color — companies should incentivize customers to choose animal-friendly, vegan milks. Thankfully, many coffee chains—including Tim Hortons, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Noah’s New York Bagels, Philz Coffee, and Costa Coffee — already offer dairy-free milk at no extra charge.

Whether lactose-intolerant or not, consumers who choose plant-based milk should feel good knowing that it comes without animal abuse. The dairy industry inflicts extreme violence on other sentient beings, who are powerless to defend themselves. Dairy farmers tear baby calves away from their distraught mothers in order to keep the milk for themselves and then sell the male calves for veal. Cotton farmers used to tear babies away from other mothers and sell them, too. Separating babies from their mothers is always wrong.

People are often surprised to learn that the dairy industry slaughters cows after only about five years because their bodies are worn out from having been kept constantly pregnant. There is no retirement home for cows. In fact, U.S. Department of Agriculture reports reveal that cows are sometimes still alive and conscious when workers skin and dismember them. No latte or cappuccino can justify that kind of suffering.



pic: R.T.