Sinclair and Partners Awarded $12 M Grant

Largest Grant in College History to Focus on Information Technology

Sinclair and two partner colleges, working in collaboration with Western Governors University, were awarded a $12 million grant from the Department of Labor today to create a revolutionary change in how information technology (IT) training is conducted. This grant is the largest in Sinclair College's history and will be focused in part on retraining displaced workers in the high-demand area of IT.

The project will develop competency-based training that will efficiently target the exact skills needed by each student. This is one of the first applications of large scale competency-based learning and is intended to directly connect community college curricula with university-level curricula. The expected result is a more efficient and seamless transfer of students from community colleges to universities.

The Department of Labor has approved Sinclair as the lead college working with Austin Community College in Texas and Broward College in Florida. The program will be based on the competency-based learning model developed and successfully demonstrated by Western Governors University (WGU). Founded by 19 U.S. governors to expand access to quality higher education, WGU has more than 35,000 students nationwide. Local partners include Ohio's Departments of Workforce Development and Job and Family Services, Montgomery County, NewPage Corporation, Premier Health Partners and Wright State Applied Research Corp.

"What a great day for Sinclair and for the Dayton Region," Sinclair President Steve Johnson said. "I am very proud of our team and our partners, and I am tremendously excited about the potential of this grant. This project will allow IT students the option to learn the skills employers demand at their own pace and to earn stackable credentials in their field that have real marketplace value. I am confident that the focus on IT, a critical field in our local economy, will be greatly beneficial for our students and to employers across the Dayton Region."

The project has a goal of a 20% increase over current completion and employment rates. The college will take one year to develop the curriculum for the new program and will pilot test it for a year with the goal of becoming operational by 2015. The college will share information and curriculum with the grant partner colleges and will look to deliver the competency-based learning model to other academic programs.

Contact: Adam Murka, 937-512-2947—937-232-9361—adam.murka@sinclair.edu