Funding supports innovative CTE expansion across Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Education announced over $2.6 million in Perkins Reserve Grant (PRG) grant funds have been awarded to 55 school districts for the 2024-25 school year to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) across the state.

In the Upper Cumberland, the following counties will receive grants:

  • Macon County
  • Overton County
  • Putnam County
  • Smith County
  • Van Buren County
  • Warren County
  • White County
  • Cannon County
  • Cumberland County
  • Jackson County

The PRG grant awards support the implementation of programs of study aligned with emerging technology in regionally identified high-skill, high-wage and/or in-demand occupations or industries, implement STEM in all CTE classrooms, and increase supports for special education students. Additionally, the PRG grant opportunity is designed to support districts in rural areas and maintain high CTE student participation rates.

County grants.

“Career and technical education plays an important role in every student’s academic journey,” said Lizzette Reynolds, Commissioner of Education. “We look forward to seeing how districts utilize these grant funds to implement STEM curriculum, create career exploration opportunities for elementary and middle school students, and inform students on growing and new careers.”

County grants.

This year’s PRG grant award recipients submitted grant applications with action steps to support the department’s state plan— Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st century Act— by ensuring alignment to at least one of these focus areas—foundations in elementary and middle grades, careers in emerging areas, and STEM in the CTE classrooms.

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