South Seattle College has received a $4.8 million federal grant to expand an apprenticeship program.
Apprenticeships — adult training programs that are frequently offered through community colleges and supported by federal training dollars — got a boost in Seattle this week when South Seattle College snared a $4.8 million grant to train people in the advanced manufacturing and maritime sectors.
The grant to the community college is part of a $10 million allocation through the American Apprenticeship Initiative Grant Program, funded through the federal Department of Labor.
South Seattle College’s grant will fund the Partnership for Advanced Technology Apprenticeships in Manufacturing and Marine Engineering.
The apprenticeship programs offered by community colleges have a strong track record of educating people for jobs that usually pay well. Three years ago, in a national report, researchers recommended that they become more widespread and be expanded beyond the building and construction trades.
Through the federal grant, the state’s Department of Labor and Industry also received $5 million to set up more than 1,000 new apprenticeships around the state. Six hundred of those will be in partnership with the Washington Technology Industry Association, and 400 in partnership with other traditional industry partners.