NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sens. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) welcome $553,600 in grants from the Tennessee Department of Education into Rutherford County Schools. The grants will be used on new mechatronics and health sciences equipment for Career Technical Education (CTE) classrooms.
“This is tremendous news for Rutherford County,” said Tracy. “Tennessee has a growing need for skilled workers. With access to more current technology, Rutherford County graduates not only prepared to enter the workforce, but a step ahead of their peers.”
“These funds are more than an investment in new equipment — they are an investment in our students, future workforce and economy for years to come,” said Ketron. “Thanks to these grants, our students have the unique opportunity to learn from the latest and greatest technology in their fields and prepare themselves for a bright future.”
The Department of Education awarded $15 million in grants to school districts across the state. The average award amount was $125,000 per district making Rutherford County’s grant more than four times above average.
Rutherford County is known a leader in CTE class offerings with 15 career pathways for high school students in fields such as engineering, medicine, cosmetology, building trades, dentistry, agriculture, automotive and information technology and more.
“Congratulations to the local officials who have secured these grants. I look forward to seeing the many ways they benefit our community,” added Tracy.