Governor Bill Lee

Good things are happening at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jacksboro. With construction already underway on the building that will house their new HVAC program the school got a big boost to their machine shop today.

Governor Bill Lee arrived in town this morning to award a $750,000 GIVE Grant to the school. A large crowd of local dignitaries and TCAT business partners to see the presentation. TCAT President Debbie Petree welcomed everyone and thanked the numerous people that have made successful in the community.

Governor Lee then took to the podium following a moment of silence in honor of Hack Ayers. Governor Lee spoke of his dedication to vocational and technical education and how he and his administration were striving to improve it across the state. He told the crowd about how competitive this grant was and what an honor it was to have it awarded.

Following his speech and awarding of the grant the Governor then took a tour of the facility. He is the second Tennessee Governor in recent years to award a grant to the Jacksboro facility. During Bill Haslem’s term as Governor of Tennessee he awarded a dual enrollment grant to the welding programs and TCAT Jacksboro and Campbell County High School.

The Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) is designed to foster long-term regional partnerships between Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs), community colleges, industry, economic development/workforce agencies, and K-12 to identify and address “skills gaps” in local workforce pools. Through data-driven and collaborative work, Tennessee can ensure that education institutions are producing the credentials employers need while also driving new industry to the state.