Friday events in Alcoa, Knoxville celebrate workforce development grant wins for the region

Workforce development efforts in the greater Knoxville region received a big boost Friday.

Governor Bill Lee was in Knox and Blount Counties on Friday to celebrate recipients of three of the  awards under the “Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education” (GIVE) program that prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide.

Two of the 28 awards involve Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC), the only double recipient, and another involves the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) – Knoxville. The three grants are:

  • PSCC’s “GIVE Blount County Careers Collaborative” ($998,416);
  • PSCC’s “GIVE Knox County Careers Collaborative” ($999,874); and
  • TCAT – Knoxville’s “Trane Training Lab: New HVAC Training Program with Alcoa City Schools” ($892,745).

Here’s a link to a listing of the projects and a link to PSCC’s announcement at the time the awards were revealed. The latter contains more information about each project.

A group of local elected officials, community and business leaders, and PSCC family member (faculty, staff, students and the Foundation board) gathered at the PSCC Strawberry Plains campus for the formal announcement. Here’s a picture of the Governor making the announcement and many of the attendees.


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