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LB Lands Grant for Viritual College for Students to Complete Degrees Online

LB Lands Grant for Viritual College for Students to Complete Degrees Online

19 Oct 13

A $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used to benefit LB students who would like to complete a degree on their own time, without having to come to campus. 

LBCC will use the funds to develop a new online "virtual college" program, called iLearn Campus. Virtual College will initially target healthcare and business programs, with additional areas to follow.

The virtual college model will use a flexible start and personalized learning approach that allows students to compete at an accelerated pace at any time, from any place.

"With LB iLearn Campus, we aim to increase completion, improve accessibility and raise the quality of online education," said Ann Malosh, dean of LBCC’s Healthcare, Elearning and Media Division.

LB iLearn Campus will use technology to build the college's capacity to offer pioneering courses, certificates and degrees that will meet the needs of workers and employer partners.

Part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, the grant is a multi-year, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

LBCC’s project is the only one in Oregon to receive funding in this third installment of the initiative. Community colleges and universities around the country were awarded $474.5 million for the development and expansion of innovative training programs.

The grants will expand programs in growing industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and encourage geographic and industry sector collaboration through the development of both statewide and multi-state college consortia. The 57 grants will support 190 projects in at least 183 schools in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 20 awards to community college and university consortia totaling $377,452,319.

The U.S. Department of Labor will implement and administer the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on the grant, visit the U.S. Department of Labor web site at www.doleta.gov/taaccct.