(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), November 16, 2016 – State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), said today that Motlow State Community College will receive a $5.5 million Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grant to be used for their Advanced Robotics Training Center. Ketron made the announcement after receiving notification from Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).
“This is tremendous news not only for Motlow, but for Smyrna and all of Rutherford County,” said Senator Ketron. “The Drive to 55 Grant recognizes the hard work being done coordinating with Bridgestone and Nissan as we strive to have an educated workforce for the automotive manufacturing industry.”
According to THEC, $24.3 million was awarded to ten colleges and universities. All projects seeking funding were required to demonstrate need for building capacity to respond to student enrollment and statewide workforce demands.
Proposals were reviewed by a team of readers from across state government, including the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Tennessee Board of Regents, and the University of Tennessee system.
“I appreciate Governor Haslam and THEC for their attention to this needed project,” added Ketron. “I look forward to breaking ground in 18 months from now on this state-of-the-art facility.”