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Applicants sought to address manufacturing workforce inclusion

November 10, 2021

As the manufacturing sector rebounds, it is expected to need over two million new workers over the next decade to meet supply shortages and increasing demand in sectors such as infrastructure, energy efficiency, and medical equipment. To help recruit and support a more diverse workforce, the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) and The Century Foundation (TCF) are seeking proposals to participate in the Industry and Inclusion Cohort 2.0, a national initiative focused on community colleges delivering impactful credentials and addressing barriers in manufacturing careers. Impactful credentialing includes credential programs (both non-degree and degree) that are well-aligned and developed in partnership with industry and situated within a broader ecosystem of support partners.

Participants will engage in an “18-month, tailored technical assistance program focused on building knowledge and capacity, expanding networks, sharing best practices with a national audience, and increasing program impact.”

Successful applicants will likely include institutions who have industry-recognized credentials, strong partnerships with industry and community organizations, and a desire to develop racially-conscious industry partnerships.

The application period is open until Nov. 29, 2021. Learn more about the program here and apply here.

manufacturing, community college