Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam awarded state workforce development grants to two Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) institutions to expand higher education opportunities and support the Drive to 55 goal of increasing the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025.
The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) will expand current programs and develop new training programs at TCAT-Jacksboro and TCAT-Livingston, both in communities with limited higher education options.
TCAT-Livingston received CDBG funds of $1,284,921 to construct a new transportation building to provide hands-on training in two new technical programs: diesel technology and transportation, distribution and logistics, addressing the increasing need in Overton County for these skill sets.
“In Tennessee, we’ve created pathways to education with Reconnect and Promise, but we need to make sure adequate programs and training are available to citizens in all parts of the state, not just the urban areas,” Haslam said. “The best jobs plan is an education plan, and these funds will help increase education and job opportunities for Tennesseans.”