Promising Practices Brief: The Power of Pell Mott Community College’s Use of Federal Aid to Train Unemployed Workers and Dissolve Silos Between Credit and Noncredit

This Promising Practices brief is one of a series of reports jointly published by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) and Achieving the Dream based on cases from a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant consortium. Led by Northern Virginia Community College, the consortium includes seven colleges. This brief focuses on how the grant helped spur Mott Community College to institutionalize the use of Pell Grants to fund noncredit job training and expand college services for noncredit students.

AspenWSI and Achieving the Dream chose the topics of these reports based on our observations as managers of the consortium’s peer learning community. Earlier versions of the reports, based on interviews, data, and document reviews for each site, were used as learning cases with grant project leaders and staff within the consortium. These updated published briefs provide the field with examples of innovative capacity-development initiatives that better serve more students as a result of a major, multiyear investment.

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