Wednesday, May 02, 2018 4:00 PM ~ 5:15 PM ET

How can key aspects of new programs or innovations be sustained after the grant is over? Not without conscious focus and planning! This webinar will feature the lessons of innovative projects, including those funded by Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants (TAACCCT), which can help you institutionalize effective initiatives and sustain their impact.


In many grant-funded efforts, funders and grantees often assume that the funded project will continue when the grant is over. But for many, sustainability for their grant-funded efforts is elusive, and often becomes an exercise in finding the next grant. Fortunately, there are a host of strategies that can be employed to sustain key aspects of grant efforts. This webinar features four TAACCCT community college grantees who have been able to sustain innovations through a variety of creative approaches.

Three types of grant-funded innovations will be discussed:

  • Strategies to accelerate credential attainment;
  • Strategies to support program completion; and
  • Strategies to engage employers and align programs with labor market need.

The examples shared come from TAACCCT, but the approaches these grantees took to sustaining their work can apply to anyone seeking to make a long-term impact with a grant-funded project. Speakers from four community colleges will describe their successes in sustaining and institutionalizing their work and the challenges they faced. The audience will have ample opportunity to ask questions and reflect on how they might apply lessons to their own projects. Join us to help you move your sustainability plans forward!

This webinar is part of a webinar series showcasing strategies and resources developed by community colleges that are of broad interest to educational institutions engaged in career-focused education and training. Topics of upcoming webinars will include affordable learning solutions and free resources for apprenticeship and work-based learning; previous topics (available as recordings) explored making industry experts into expert instructors to increase student success, scaling career pathways in Wisconsin, and resources for developmental education using competency-based education. For more information, please visit: Innovations Leading to Career Success Webinar Series.

The material presented here and the many resources available on SkillsCommons were produced by grantees of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education.


Cheryl Martin, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Erin Berg, Community College Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Adult Education


Kristen Krell, Director, TAACCCT Program, Santa Fe Community College

Anne Willaert, Statewide Director, Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (MNAMP), South Central College

Julie Parks, Executive Director of Workforce Training, Grand Rapids Community College

Christina Amato, Competency-Based Education Program Manager, Sinclair Community College