July 18, 2013
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Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced a $2,249,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the renovation of the Applied Technology Center at the Truckee Meadows Community College. Today, Dr. Maria Sheehan, President of TMCC, is in Washington and met with Senator Reid to discuss higher education issues. Reid wrote a letter of support for TMCC’s grant application. In 2008, Reid secured just under $300,000 for TMCC to begin a program to recruit, mentor, and tutor first generation, low-income students at the college. The program, which became known as “Success First,” has grown into a larger, fully-sustained program benefiting hundreds of TMCC students.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Truckee Meadows Community College to modernize its Applied Industrial Technology Center,” said Senator Reid. “It is essential for students to obtain the necessary training to enhance their skills in order to fill the demand of the nearly 1,600 industry-specific job openings that currently exist in the area. I remain steadfast in my commitment to ensuring that Nevada’s workforce and schools have access to the training that they need.”
“This grant will allow us to renovate our technology center to accommodate more students and bring our center into the 21st century,” said Dr. Sheehan. “Our students deserve the best education to provide the industry with qualified professionals. I thank Senator Reid and the U.S. Economic Development Administration for their commitment to our school.”
About the Truckee Meadows Community College Grant
This EDA investment will be used to help renovate and expand the Applied Industrial Technology Center at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Washoe County. The Center will provide training for workers in the clean energy, advanced mining, materials and manufacturing, and logistics industries. This facility will create opportunities for area workers to attain the upgraded skills necessary to move into new and emerging industries.