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AREA COUNTIES AMONG WORK-BASED LEARNING GRANT RECIPIENTS

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The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has announced 29 recipients of the Work-Based Learning Grant. In total, TNECD awarded more than $710,000 to school districts that have designed programs to promote career skills and readiness among Tennessee students. The grants will assist the development or expansion of work-based learning programs that promote career awareness and student readiness in grades K-12. Work-Based Learning is an education strategy that provides students with experiences to learn and develop career and job skills. The selected communities and school districts include:

  • Putnam County (Putnam County School System)
  • Alcoa (Alcoa City Schools)
  • White County (White County Board of Education)
  • Maryville (Maryville City Schools)
  • Blount County (Blount County Schools)
  • Lenoir City (Lenoir City Schools)
  • Roane County (Roane County Schools)
  • Bradley County (Bradley County Schools)

TNECD is also accepting applications for the second round of Work-Based Learning Grants. Applicants are eligible for up to $25,000 with a local match requirement based on each community’s economic status. New and expanded existing programs are eligible. Communities and school districts interested in the Work-Based Learning Grant must submit applications by January 31, 2018. The Work-Based Learning Grant program was developed by the Governor’s Rural Task Force and funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act of 2017. The REO Act combines funding for industrial site development, economic development training for elected officials as well as asset-based planning and supports Rural Task Force initiatives designed to develop sustainable growth in rural Tennessee communities.