Alexander, Corker Praise Community-Based Job Training Grants for Tennessee

Jackson State Community College Receives $1.9 Million Competitive Grant

Posted on March 12, 2008

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today praised the announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that Jackson State Community College will receive a $1,997,683 Community-Based Job Training Grant to educate and train nurses. According to the Department of Labor, Tennessee is projected to have the eighth lowest supply of registered nurses in the nation through 2020 and the second smallest supply among southeastern states. “Keeping jobs in Tennessee is one of the most important things we need to do in Washington,” Alexander said. “This healthcare program at Jackson State Community College will offer the first online nursing courses in our state to help meet the growing demand for registered nurses. I’m glad the Department of Labor has recognized the need for more job training in Tennessee.” “This grant to establish Tennessee’s first online nursing courses will help address the shortage of registered nurses in Tennessee,” Corker said. “I congratulate Jackson State Community College for winning this competitive grant, and I thank the Department of Labor for their continued investment in Tennessee’s workforce.” Jackson State Community College will use this grant funding to establish Tennessee’s first online nursing courses via the new Tennessee Board of Regents online Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree. This program will prepare nurses to write the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and to obtain the title of Registered Nurse (RN) in an effort to increase the supply of RNs in Tennessee. 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 August 8, 2007. The program was established to help community colleges provide workers with the skills necessary to enter in demand, growth industries. Northeast State Technical Community College in Blountville also received a grant under this program that will be used to train manufacturing employees. ###