America’s Promise grants are designed to create or expand regional workforce partnerships between employers, economic development agencies, workforce development, community colleges, training programs, post-secondary education institutions, and community-based organizations. These partners are making a commitment – or a “promise” – to provide a pipeline of workers to fill existing job openings, meet existing employer needs for expansion, fuel the talent needs of entrepreneurs, and attract more jobs from overseas.
Each grant targets middle- to high-skilled H-1B industries and occupations, and ensures that regional economies are building a competitive workforce. As the primary driver of the grant, regional workforce partnerships are creating sector-based career pathways. Rather than working in siloes, these partnerships have come together in response to employer demand to offer innovative, evidenced-based education and job training.
America’s Promise grants will serve unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers including disadvantaged populations including low-income individuals, underrepresented populations, dislocated workers, and other populations with training and employment barriers. These grants support a wide range of sector-driven strategies, including work-based learning, classroom instruction, and competency-based education and provide workers with the skills and industry-recognized credentials and degrees they need to advance within in-demand H-1B industries and occupations. These occupations include information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial and educational services.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $111 million in America’s Promise grants to 23 regional workforce partnerships in 28 states to connect more than 21,000 Americans to education and in-demand jobs. Grantees will focus their activities on four key priorities:
- Increasing opportunities for all Americans through training for middle-to high-skilled occupations and industries.
- Expanding employer involvement in the design and delivery of education and training programs.
- Promoting evidence-based sector strategies to increase college completion, employability, employment earnings, and outcomes of job seekers.
- Leveraging additional public, private and foundation resources to scale and sustain proven strategies.