Enrollment up 10% at Tenn. tech centers

Enrollment up 10% at Tennessee tech centers

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NASHVILLE (AP) -- Increasing layoffs and disappearing jobs have led thousands of residents to Tennessee's 27 trade and technical schools to learn new skills in everything from truck driving to medical billing.

Enrollment in these centers is up nearly 10% over last year, and federal stimulus money is expected to add or expand 100 programs across the state, opening up spots for about 4,000 new students.

James King, a vice chancellor with the Tennessee Board of Regents who oversees the centers, told the Tennessean technical education is the quickest and easiest way to get someone back into the work force.

Deb Woolley, president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, said an influx of newly trained workers will be a boost to companies when the economy recoveries.

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