Oct 012014

Labor300x200On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez jointly announced the most recent winners of grants through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. This initiative funds community colleges and other educational institutions to expand and create education and career training programs “and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.”

All new resources created with TAACCCT funding are required to be made available under Creative Commons licenses (CC-BY).  With this grant requirement, TAACCCT has already created hundreds of  CC-licensed programs of study.  As the program grows, so will the supply of Open Educational Resources funded by it.

After the event, SPARC’s Director of Open Education Nicole Allen and I talked briefly to Labor Secretary Perez about TAACCCT’s open licensing requirement. Secretary Perez said that the license requirements are “indispensable” and said that open license requirements need to be scaled up.

We couldn’t agree more! The TAACCCT licensing provisions ensure that US taxpayers get the most out this important federal investment – including the ability to adapt, republish and reuse TAACCCT-funded works. We hope that the Administration will make the open license requirement in this program the model for all other grant programs that fund the creation of educational resources and training materials.

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