Governor Hogan announces $10 million in grant awards for Md. community colleges

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On Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced $10 million in grant awards for Maryland’s 16 community colleges to expand education opportunities and workforce development programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re told the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund is a federal grant for governors to support and assist local education agencies, higher education institutions, and other educational entities with emergency assistance due to COVID-19, and is part of the CARES Act.

Hogan has committed a total of $45.7 million in GEER funding to wide-randing education initiatives, as well as an additional $300 million for K-12 and higher education through the CARES Act.

This grant funding will help community colleges expand workforce development courses and continue professional education that leads to government or industry certification or licensure, particularly focused on those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Each college may use the funds for direct aid to students, materials/supplies/equipment, curriculum, salaries and wages, professional development and technical training, student recruitment/marketing/advertising, and technology training, certification, examination, and licensure fees/vouchers for programs.

“Thanks to our state’s world-class academic community, Maryland continues to be home to one of the most highly educated workforces in America,” said Governor Hogan. “Now more than ever, it is critical that we offer all Marylanders every opportunity to get the tools they need to stay competitive in the job market, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Courtesy: WMDT