(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Dolores Gresham (R – Somerville) said today that the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Crump will receive a $114,380 Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grant to be used for the Chester County Welding Program Expansion. Gresham, who is Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, made the announcement after receiving notification from Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).
“This is tremendous news,” said Senator Gresham. “I have seen this program in action in Chester County and know that this grant will help immensely in our efforts to graduate more students from this needed program. Welding is one of the top skills in demand in today’s job market. The expansion of this program will allow more students to develop and hone their skills and at the same time fill a critical need in the economic development of our region.”
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.
“We appreciate the Governor Haslam and THEC for recognizing the need for this expansion,” added Senator Gresham. “Our TCATS are providing Tennessee students with more opportunities to succeed while helping us draw new and better paying jobs to our communities.”