Grant Information

TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training) is a federal program funded through the Department of Labor's Education and Training Administration.

It provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.

See the Press Release from the award here: Round Four TAACCCT Grantees


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Project Leaders

Many in the team have an excellent relationship with various members of the mining industry, both through the advisory board of their programs and through their professional activities.The team has significant experience with developing curriculum, soliciting industry input, incorporating industry needs into the curriculum, and executing complex projects.

Dr. Rajive Ganguli - Primary Investigator

Dr. Rajive Ganguli (UAF), has managed complex projects from a variety of funding sources, including federal agencies, state agencies, private corporations and foreign entities. Most of the projects were multi-year, while some were executed in multiple locations (and in foreign countries). He has also led accredited curriculum design and implementation efforts at UAF and elsewhere. As a Professional Engineer (Mining Engineering; registered in Alaska), he is also a subject matter expert on the various aspects of this project.

William Bieber - Task Leader, MAPTS

Mr. William Bieber, Director of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service, has led workforce development efforts in a variety of mining companies in Alaska and elsewhere. He has also worked in mines as an equipment and mill process operator.  

Pete Traxler - Task Leader, UAS

Mr. Pete Traxler (UAS) serves as Associate Dean of UAS’s School of Career Education. He works hand in hand with local mining industry stakeholders and has worked as an Assistant Professor of Construction Technology.  

Dr. Tathagata Ghosh - Task Leader, Mill Operator OE, Mill Process Simulator

Dr. Tathagata Ghosh (UAF) is an expert in mineral processing, with academic (teaching, research) and industry experience.

Danielle M. Dewey - Project Manager, TAACCCT Preparing the Unemployed for the Mining Sector

Ms. Danielle M. Dewey has a background in business, accounting, and federal projects. She was excited to join a project coming all the way from Savannah Georgia.


Industry Support


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News Miner

The Alaska Newsminer did an article on the Underground Mine Training program.  Read all about it here 




Intellectual Property Rights

This workforce product was funded by an $8.1M grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

The program is an equal opportunity employer/program and that auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Equal Opportunity Is the Law

It is against the law for this recipient of Federal financial assistance to discriminate on the following bases:  against any individual in the United States, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief; and against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), on the basis of the beneficiary’s citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or his or her participation in any WIA Title I–financially assisted program or activity.  The recipient must not discriminate in any of the following areas:  deciding who will be admitted, or have access, to any WIA Title I–financially assisted program or activity; providing opportunities in, or treating any person with regard to, such a program or activity; or making employment decisions in the administration of, or in connection with, such a program or activity.

What To Do If You Believe You Have Experienced Discrimination

If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIA Title I–financially assisted program or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either: the recipient’s Equal Opportunity Officer (or the person whom the recipient has designated for this purpose); or the Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N–4123, Washington, DC 20210. If you file your complaint with the recipient, you must wait either until the recipient issues a written Notice of Final Action, or until 90 days have passed (whichever is sooner), before filing with the Civil Rights Center (see address above). If the recipient does not give you a written Notice of Final Action within 90 days of the day on which you filed your complaint, you do not have to wait for the recipient to issue that Notice before filing a complaint with CRC. However, you must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the 90–day deadline (in other words, within 120 days after the day on which you filed your complaint with the recipient). If the recipient does give you a written Notice of Final Action on your complaint, but you are dissatisfied with the decision or resolution, you may file a complaint with CRC. You must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the date on which you received the Notice of Final Action.