The United States Government has granted $450 million in TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) grants to nearly 270 community colleges across the country, including colleges in Minnesota. Metalforming solutions provider EJ Ajax has been an ongoing participant in this program.
EJ Ajax continues to aggressively recruit veterans, single moms, first-generation Americans, youth offenders, top college students, and the long-term unemployed. EJ Ajax currently spends 5.5% of its payroll on workforce initiatives. More than 60 percent of EJ Ajax employees have attained Class A journey worker Level III Status.
Class A journey worker Level III Status is a portable NIMS certification that not only makes these employees more valuable to EJ Ajax, but also leads to higher wages. Management at EJ Ajax estimates that there will be 60 workers impacted by this commitment in 2015.
TAACCCT provides community colleges and other learning institutions with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that 1) can be completed in two years or less and 2) prepare eligible program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act amended the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.
Manufacturing programs were the leading recipient of TAACCCT funding. Nearly 120 manufacturing programs nationwide received grants.