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President and CEO of VW Chattanooga Christian Koch announces that Volkswagen Chattanooga will partner with the State of Tennessee to establish a $1-million science lab program for Hamilton county middle and high school students while at the Volkswagen Academy and Automation Center on January 24, 2017.

Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant and the state of Tennessee today unveiled a $1 million effort that will allow Hamilton County middle and high schools to apply for funds to create new science labs.

Called the Volkswagen eLabs, the program will allow students to access technologies such as automated manufacturing, 3-D printing, robotics and other science-related activities.

Christian Koch, the plant's chief executive, said, hands-on learning is "a crucial part of our educational programs."

Randy Boyd, state commissioner of economic and community development, said education helps build a superior workforce, which creates jobs for Tennesseans.

Read more in tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

This is a developing story. Stick with the Times Free Press for more.

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