Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez to visit Cleveland Community College, highlight investments in innovative training programs

Shelby, N.C.– On Monday, Nov. 18, Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will visit Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C., to discuss the recent selection of Cleveland Community College to lead a $23 million grant to four schools focused on leveraging online learning to expand training opportunities for mission critical networking and technology jobs.

This grant is part of the third round of funding under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, a multi-year, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand training for unemployed workers. In September, fifty-seven grants were announced supporting projects in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The grants will expand programs at more than 180 colleges 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 multistate college consortia.

During the visit, Dr. Biden and Secretary Perez will meet with students and tour facilities part of the Mission Critical Operations project, which develops a career pathway to address demand for a workforce able to anticipate, prevent, mitigate and respond to mission critical breaches. Cybersecurity, infrastructure maintenance, communications and emergency operations are all key focus points of the project.

WHO: Dr. Jill Biden

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

WHAT: Press Announcement and Tour of Cleveland Community College

WHERE: Cleveland Community College

Jack Hunt Campus Center

137 S Post Rd

Shelby, NC 28152

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 18
10:00 a.m. EDT: Tour of training facilities

10:30 a.m. EDT: Remarks

Credentialed media interested in attending should pre-register with

Xochitl Hinojosa or David Roberts using the contact information provided above. For questions about site logistics and parking, please contact Margo Greene at 704-669-4101 or greenem.


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