TIME: For Immediate Release
DATE: January 16, 2019
CONTACT: John Tompkins, Communications Coordinator
(281) 756-3551 office
SUBJECT: ACC Receives Grant for Job Training Program
ACC Receives Grant for Job Training Program
The goal of any community college is to ensure that its students are prepared to enter the workforce once they complete their education.
Alvin Community College was one of three colleges in the United States to be awarded a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges and the Accenture LLP consulting firm to participate in a pilot program designed to improve a student’s employability.
The $13,200 grant will help at least 1,000 ACC students participate in the online program called the Skills to Succeed Academy (S2S Academy). The program features an online platform that uses short, interactive videos to prepare job seekers for career choices, job finding, and workplace success.
The Skills to Succeed Academy will be free to students, said Marilyn Dement, ACC Vice President of Student Services.
“Students’ access to the S2S Academy interactive videos will result in a more prepared ACC graduate giving students an advantageous edge over other potential candidates,” Dement said. “The S2S Academy will provide innovative workforce development approaches to a diverse student population Alvin Community College serves.”
The grant funds will pay for staff training for the program as well as hiring a part-time staff member to track students who complete the online modules. S2S includes a component to analyze the student participation in order to further improve its offerings.
“The Career Services Center will schedule workshops throughout the pilot period to ensure a maximum number of students are exposed to the S2S Academy resources and modules,” Dement said. “Additionally, each student who individually seeks out Career Services will receive personalized one-on-one mentoring to strengthen their skills and marketing approaches toward securing their desired employee objective.”
The pilot will run until August and ACC will collect feedback on how students use the platform. The S2s modules will be available for student use over the next three years.
For more information about the S2S Academy, visit www.s2sacademy.org.