U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today praised the announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that Northeast State Technical Community College in Blountville will receive a $1,946,563 Community-Based Job Training Grant to train manufacturing workers. According to the Department of Labor, manufacturing accounts for 18 percent of Northeast Tennessee’s economy and raises per capita income in the region by one-third.
“Keeping jobs in Tennessee is one of the most important things we need to do in Washington,” Alexander said. “This advanced manufacturing program at Northeast State Technical Community College will fund the recruitment and training of students to fill the gap of skilled workers in our state. I’m glad the Department of Labor has recognized the need for more job training in Tennessee.”
“Specialized job training programs help workers maintain employment in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” Corker said. “This grant will help equip manufacturing employees in Northeast Tennessee with the skills they need to succeed. I congratulate Northeast State Technical Community College for winning this competitive grant, and I thank the Department of Labor for their continued investment in Tennessee’s workforce.”
Northeast State Technical Community College will use the funding to establish The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) that will provide training for current and future manufacturing employees.
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration awarded $125 million in grants to 69 community colleges and community-based institutions that competed among 341 applicants as part of the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative announced in August 2007. The grant program was established to help community colleges provide workers with the skills necessary to enter in demand, growth industries. Jackson State Community College also received a grant under this program that will be use to educate and train nurses.