NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) welcomes state workforce development grants into two Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Jacksboro and Livingston. The grants were awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam to expand higher education opportunities in the area and support the Drive to 55 goal of increasing the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.
“In these communities with limited opportunities for higher education, the significance of these grants is amplified,” said Gresham, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “TCAT-Jacksboro and TCAT-Livingston now have the opportunity to further develop their programs and ensure their citizens are well-trained and workforce ready.”
TCAT-Jacksboro was awarded $84,925 to purchase welding equipment which will be housed at the Campbell County High School welding laboratory. With this new technology, both schools are able to better serve dual enrollment students and allow students to train for a career while still in high school.
TCAT-Livingston was awarded $1,284,921 for the construction of a new transportation building to provide hands-on training in two new technical programs: diesel technology and transportation, distribution and logistics, addressing the increasing need in Overton County for these skill sets.
Tennesseans without a degree or certificate can attend TCATs tuition-free through the Reconnect program. The Reconnect program is funded through the State’s lottery for education account and also includes tuition-free admittance to community colleges.
“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured these grants. I look forward to seeing all the ways our state benefits from these wonderful opportunities in Jacksboro and Livingston,” added Gresham.