Haslam announces workforce development grants

Haslam announces workforce development grants

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MEMPHIS (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says more than $2.7 million in workforce development grants for two Memphis colleges can help meet Tennessee's need for qualified workers.

Haslam announced the grants Monday at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis.

The college is receiving $1.2 million for equipment to enhance its Avionics and Aircraft Maintenance and Advanced Manufacturing programs. Haslam says every graduate of the college gets placed in a job.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is getting $1.5 million for its mechatronics program. Mechatronics combines mechanical, electronic and systems engineering in product design.

Haslam says only 32% of Tennesseans have certificates or degrees beyond high school. Studies show that number must be 55% by 2025 to meet workforce demands.

The Legislature approved $16.5 million for grants at technical and community colleges.

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