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Published: November 7, 2019


TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL LEE ANNOUNCED TODAY PROJECTS RECEIVING FUNDING THROUGH THE GOVERNOR’S INVESTMENT IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM WHICH PRIORITIZES LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL COUNTIES AND ENHANCES CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION STATEWIDE. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVED $25 MILLION IN THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET, EARLIER THIS YEAR, TO INCENTIVIZE COLLABORATION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AMONG STAKEHOLDERS SUCH AS HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS, K-12 AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS. THE AWARD PROCESS BEGAN IN JUNE WHEN THE TENNESSEE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION ISSUED A COMPETITIVE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS. EACH PROPOSAL WAS REQUIRED TO SHOW LOCAL DATA THAT CLEARLY IDENTIFIED BOTH WORKFORCE NEEDS AND A SUSTAINABLE PLAN UTILIZING EQUIPMENT, WORK-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCES, OR RECOGNIZED INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS TO INCREASE THE STATE’S COMPETITIVENESS AND POST SECONDARY ATTAINMENT GOALS. OF THE 28 FUNDED PROJECTS, THE FOLLOWING ARE IN OUR AREA: TCAT PULASKI IN THE AMOUNT OF 310,146 FOR THE WELDING PROGRAM EXPANSION, COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THE AMOUNT OF 841,320 FOR A CYBER DEFENSE MOBILE; AND ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO TCAT HOHENWALD TO GIVE TECHNICAL SKILLS TO RISE ABOVE DISTRESSED TO BEST. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO T-N DOT GOV.