The U.S. Department of Labor announces that it will provide more than $450 million dollars in grants to community colleges across the nation to help provide accessible training programs that connect people to available jobs in growing industries in their communities. This is the fourth round of grants for more than 800 colleges throughout the country. Last year, Gadsden State Community College participated in the initiative with 16 other community colleges in Alabama and applied for more than $25 million dollars. This year, the school is hoping to be able to implement the grant money toward pathways that will improve students’ access to education and employment. These grants are part of the Obama administration’s job-driven skills agenda and are being implemented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education. If the consortium approves the award, the school will see the funds in early September or October.