The Tennessee Department of Education says 96 school districts across the state have been awarded a total of $3.7 million to support the implementation of high-quality career-focused programs and instruction for Tennessee students.
Funds from the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant are awarded annually to districts to start and improve career and technical education (CTE) programs, with priority given to rural areas of the state and areas with a large number of CTE students. More than three-million dollars from the grant will be awarded to districts to support programs focusing on the following needs:
- Creating new middle school CTE and career exploration programs
- Purchasing industry-grade equipment for fields including advanced manufacturing, health science, and STEM
- Supporting instructor licensure and testing site accreditation to assist with the the attainment of industry-recognized certifications
- Providing financial assistance to students to defray the cost of certification exams
- Developing occupational teacher mentorship programs
An additional $528,000 will be used to support the initiatives.
TDOE Commissioner Penny Schwinn says, “It’s important that Tennessee students not only get a quality education, but that education culminates in a meaningful and rewarding career for each and every student. By allocating money to CTE programs, we’re providing local districts with the resources they need to ensure all students are able to successfully continue in college, career and technical programs that feed directly into their chosen careers.”
“Ensuring students have the skills and resources needed to succeed is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Bill Lee. “I believe that high schools need to look different and offer students multiple pathways to success and these grants will allow local districts to do just that.”
The following schools in the listening area are included in the grants:
Cumberland and White County – CTE equipment and industry certification exam fees
Roane County – middle school CTE program, CTE equipment, industry certification site license and training, new skills for youth program
Bledsoe and Loudon County – industry certification exam fees
Anderson County, Loudon County and Lenoir City schools – middle school CTE program and CTE equipment