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LAVC Receives U.S. Department of Labor Grant

Job Training will administer a portion of the $15 million grant to expand  workforce training for the bioscience industry in the Los Angeles area

Valley Glen - - Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) has been selected as one of 12 community colleges nationwide to receive part of a Department of Labor (DOL) $15 million grant. Established through the DOL’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT), the grant will be administered by the Job Training program in partnership with LAVC’s biology department. The grant is part of a national effort to develop and expand bioscience workforce training.

“Los Angeles Valley College is proud to be part of this nationwide consortium to play a role in creating career pathways for displaced workers to gain sustainable employment in the growing biosciences industry,” said LAVC President Susan Carleo. “Working with the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), leading industry employers, the local workforce investment board, and State Employment Development Department, our goal is to continue our activities through LAVC Job Training to prepare workers for in-demand bioscience jobs such as biological technicians, chemical technicians, environmental science and protection technicians, and medical and clinical laboratory technicians.”

The three-year project establishes the Community College Consortium for Biosciences Credentials and will develop core bioscience competencies in laboratory skills, bio-manufacturing and medical devices, and introduces stackable and latticed credentials to help trade-impacted workers get new jobs. Certificates will include core biosciences skills, core laboratory skills, core medical device skills, biomedical plastics, and environmental monitoring.

The Los Angeles component of this grant project was initiated and developed by the Southern California Biomedical Council, the trade association of the bioscience industry in Los Angeles, Orange County, and adjacent communities in the Inland Empire and Gold Coast of California. Through its Workforce Development Committee, SoCalBio coordinated this grant project nationally in collaboration with Consortium members, such as Forsyth College in North Carolina and NBC2 in Maine, and regionally with endorsements from a partnership including, in addition to LAVC, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board, California Employment Development Department, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, and Grifols Biologicals.

“SoCalBio has a long history working with local community colleges, LA/Orange County Biotechnology Center, and the Southern California Biotechnology Hub of the California Community College System to better understand local bioscience industry skills needs,” said SoCalBio President & CEO Ahmed Enany. “This project is just one manifestation of our concerted efforts seeking to bring significant resources to address these skill needs and help displaced workers find high-paying jobs in growing companies.”

“The importance of this project goes beyond just creating another job training program to address biomanufacturing skill needs in Los Angeles and elsewhere,” said A. Stephen Dahms, PhD, SoCalBio grant project coordinator and co-author. “It is a first-of-breed national initiative seeking to generate standards for training biomanufacturing technicians for the biopharma and medical device industries.”

The Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials, which is led by Forsyth Technical Community College, is a multi-state partnership comprised of 12 community colleges across the nation, major industry employers, and workforce boards and organizations from around the country. The 12 community college consortium members include Alamance Community College, Austin Community College, Bucks County Community College, City College of San Francisco, Ivy Tech Community College, LAVC, Madison Area Technical College, Montgomery County Community College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, St. Petersburg College, and Salt Lake Community College.

LAVC Job Training is an extension of Los Angeles Valley College and represents a means to develop vocational solutions to businesses as well as individuals in meeting the ever-changing needs of the local business community.