TCAT Newbern in partnership with TCAT Covington and TCAT Ripley will receive $1,000,000 through the second round of the Governor’s Investment in Vocation Education (GIVE) program, which prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Newbern, in partnership with TCAT Ripley and TCAT Covington (consortium), will support Building Construction Trades and Maintenance Programs in Lauderdale, Dyer, Lake, Obion, Crockett, and Tipton Counties. The Building Construction and Maintenance Vocational Consortium Project is designed to enhance and expand technical programs by creating a seamless pathway from secondary to postsecondary institutions. Accessibility is the key component to increase certificate and diploma credentialing by offering programs within the high schools in high demand/need areas. Additionally, leveraging the use of dual enrollment facilities on high school campuses for after-school hour programs for adults will help meet the goal of Drive to 55. The consortium will allow dual enrollment students and adult students the opportunities to receive training and structured work-based learning with industry partners through job shadowing and mentoring, co-ops, and other experiential on-the job partnerships. The consortium’s measure of success will be to train and place more certified and skilled construction and maintenance workers in the pipeline to meet the workforce demands in rural West Tennessee.