Bill Haslam, the governor of Tennessee announced that they are awarding development grants as part of the state workforce. There are two recipients and both at institutions under the TCAT or Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The institutions are located in the western part of Tennessee. The award giving body aims to further the opportunities when it comes to higher education such as Dentist in Franklin and to give support to the goal of reaching Drive to 55. When this comes in fruition the number of people residing in Tennessee that posses a certificate or a sort of degree will have increased by 55 per cent when 2025 comes.
The existing program will be expanded by the CDBG or Community Development Block Grants. They are going to create new training schemes to be available at the TCAT-Ripley as well as TCAT located in Covington. These are within communities that always have limited opportunities when it comes to higher education.
The road to education has been greatly improved in Tennessee with the help of a program called Reconnect and Promise. Haslam clarified that in order to do so they must have enough programs as well as training that will be open to all citizens in every corner of the state and not only those who are residing in the urban area.
CDBG funding worth $380,154 was given to TCAT located in Ripley.The funds will be used to buy new equipment that will improve the industrial electricity course that has been afforded the building space in the school. The new equipment will be beneficial in making sure that modern demands during trainings held in Lauderdale County and the neighboring areas are met as well as requirements in the field of mechatronics and industrial electricity.
The TCAT located in Covington, on the other hand, was able to get $3,260,000 of funding from the CDBG funds to create a healthcare training facility that has the latest technology. This will help students who are training to be dDentist in Franklin as well as those residing in Tipton County. Areas where there are lacking skilled healthcare staff will also be prioritized.