NASHVILLE, (July 18, 2016) — Senator Janice Bowling is pleased to announce that the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has submitted a letter of intent to apply for $4.9 million to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for the construction of a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) to be built in Winchester. The proposal is being submitted as a request to the Drive to 55 Project Capacity Fund.
Approximately $24.25 million dollars were made available by Governor Bill Haslam to assist higher educational institutions to increase their capacity to help accomplish the mission of the Drive to 55 project. The money will be awarded through a competitive grant process and the letter of intent is the first step. Senator Bowling stated that this intent letter is a major step toward securing this much needed facility in Franklin County.
“We have been working to obtain this TCAT facility since I have been a State Senator and it is my understanding, efforts were initiated four years prior,” stated Bowling. “There is a definite void in Franklin County for a full technology satellite campus. Shelbyville TCAT would help fill a much welcomed post-secondary education purpose for Franklin and surrounding counties and help accomplish the scope of the “Drive to 55” mission.”
Christine Hopkins submitted forty-one (41) support letters for the proposed Franklin County TCAT from Senator Bowling, Representative Alexander, Mayor Richard Stewart, Major Industries, County Officials, Chamber of Commerce, Mayors of adjoining counties and each Town Mayor in Franklin County. At the recommendation of Andy Davis, several hundred support letters were written from Franklin County School Students and will be sent with the final application packet. We would like to thank each person for their support said Hopkins.
Senator Bowling stated that this is a definite community higher educational enrichment to Franklin County and surrounding communities and she will continue to work toward its realization.