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Greene Technology Center Part of Consortium with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Morristown Awarded $983,440 LEAP Grant to Promote Workforce Development
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) today announced that TCAT Morristown was awarded a $983,440 grant through the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP). The grant is one of twelve that was announced today.

The Greene Technology Center (GTC) is a part of this grant and will receive approximately $130,000 to improve the Industrial Electricity Program. “Greeneville City Schools is excited to be joining in the work of LEAP 2.0 grant,” said Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Director of Greeneville City Schools. “This is a great opportunity to partner with industry to focus our efforts on providing our students with the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century workplace.”

The “Strengthening the Lakeway Links” LEAP 2.0 Grant proposal was a partnership between Lakeway Area manufacturing leaders, TCAT Morristown, and the Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins, and Sevier County school systems and Greeneville City school system. The technical training programs created through this partnership will focus on Industrial Electricity, Precision Measurement, and CNC Machining.  The grant will also address Work Ethics and the National Career Readiness Certification and allow students to participate in Summer Internships at local industries.  All grant activities are a direct result of numerous meetings with dozens of Lakeway Area industry leaders in an effort to create a pipeline of highly trained workers with the necessary technical skills and work ethic required to be a productive employee in modern advanced manufacturing facilities.

An initiative of Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55, LEAP was developed to ensure that Tennessee is graduating skilled workers ready to take on the jobs offered by employers and industry. The program aims to close skills gaps by ensuring that students enrolled in courses provided by Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and community colleges gain the necessary skills to meet the requirements of high-skill and high-technology jobs demanded by industry leaders in the state.

“If we can eliminate gaps in the skills needed by local manufacturers and other companies and the types of degrees and courses offered by local community and technical colleges, we can strengthen our workforce to meet industry demands,” Haslam said. “These LEAP grants help create programs that tie specific training and skills to current workforce needs, helping more Tennesseans qualify for good, high-paying jobs. This is a key piece of our Drive to 55 campaign to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025.”

LEAP is administered by THEC and advised by the Governor’s Workforce Sub-Cabinet.