published Monday, September 16th, 2013

Gov. Bill Haslam announces workforce development grants for Memphis colleges

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
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MEMPHIS — 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 percent of Tennesseans have certificates or degrees beyond high school. Studies show that number must be 55 percent by 2025 to meet workforce demands.

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

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