Tennessee's governor gave the gift of grants to two East Tennessee schools on Friday.
Gov. Haslam presented $1,837,475 dollars to fund equipment needed at Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville.
Pellissippi State will receive $1,386,975 to go towards the school's programs in advanced manufacturing and nursing. TCAT-Knoxville will receive $450,000 will fund its industrial maintenance program and a second diesel powered equipment program on the campus of South Doyle High School in partnership with Knox County Schools.
"These grants represent a substantial investment that will result in highly skilled workers," Haslam said. "This will help meet the growing demand among employers in the region for well-trained employees."
The grants come from the state's budget, particularly funds for workforce development program at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges. Haslam called it the "Drive to 55" effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials.
"These improvements will go a long way toward helping us meet the goals of Drive to 55," Haslam said. "Currently, only 32 percent of Tennesseans have certificates or degrees beyond high school, and studies show that by 2025, that number must be 55 percent to meet workforce demands. These workforce development grants help us directly meet workforce training needs."