NASHVILLE – State Senator Ed Jackson (R-Jackson) and Representative Bill Sanderson (R-Concord) today announced that Lake County High School will receive a $35,900 Perkins Reserve Grant for a new program to teach welding. 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, as well as support linkages between secondary and postsecondary CTE programs.
“This grant will help provide more opportunities for students in Lake County to get the skills they need to compete, not only as they receive their high school education, but as they move on to receive postsecondary certification at our Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Newbern who are partnering with us in this effort. This works beautifully with our Drive to 55 efforts to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.”
The reserve grant is authorized under the federal Carl Perkins IV Act of 2006. The Perkins grant supports an articulated career pathway development between secondary and post-secondary education; and business and industry certifications. The Lake County High School grant money will be used for equipment and course needs, while TCAT-Newbern will provide assistance in teaching the course.
“There is a huge shortage and demand for certified welders in the West Tennessee area,” added Rep. Sanderson. “This grant will help students fill that skills gap and compete for jobs in a number of industries which need them.”