Rhea County Schools to receive $95,000 in Department of Education Grants to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations

(NASHVILLE, TN), May 4, 2011 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and Representative Jim Cobb (R-Spring City) said today that Rhea County Schools will receive $95,000 in Department of Education grants for the 2011-2012 school year to help prepare students for “jobs of the future.”   The grants will be distributed as part of the Southeast TN Consortium to support their proposal to develop professional learning communities.

“We are very pleased our county has received this grant,” the lawmakers said.  “It will help prepare our students for jobs of the future as we work to bring new jobs  to Rhea County.  We congratulate our local school officials for their efforts to secure these grants which will pay off for their students over the long run.”

The purpose of the grant is to prepare “Career and Technical Education” (CTE) students for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations and emerging opportunities.  It also supports linkages between secondary and post secondary career and technical education programs. 

Rhea County was one of only twenty-one school districts who were awarded the funds.  Districts were awarded on a competitive basis and will receive grant awards ranging in from $5,000 to $100,000 based on their proposal.  The schools will use the funds towards such initiatives as developing secondary to post-secondary transition programs,  implementing new or innovative programs of study that include STEM and Green technology, integrating rigorous standards and learning communities built on First to the Top initiatives, and increasing enrollment and completion of non-traditional students in career and technical education.                                                ###

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