Published: February 5, 2019


TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL LEE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY HIS FIRST LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE, THE GOVERNOR’S INVESTMENT IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION OR GIVE TO EXPAND ACCESS TO VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR TENNESSEE STUDENTS.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE THE GIVE INITIATIVE IS A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH THAT UTILIZES REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS TO DEVELOP WORK-BASED LEARNING AND APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES. COMMUNITIES WILL NOW HAVE THE FUNDING AND FLEXIBILITY TO BUILD PROGRAMS THAT BEST REFLECT LOCAL NEEDS AND WORK DIRECTLY WITH PRIVATE INDUSTRY TO STRUCTURE PROGRAMMING. GIVE ALSO PROVIDES FUNDING FOR HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS TO UTILIZE FOUR, FULLY-FUNDED DUAL ENROLLMENT CREDITS FOR TRADE AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS, WHICH WILL BETTER PREPARE THEM FOR ENTRY INTO THE WORKFORCE WITHIN TWO YEARS OF GRADUATION.  TWO GRANT PROGRAMS WILL FUND THE INITIATIVE: GIVE COMMUNITY GRANTS AND GIVE STUDENT GRANTS. THESE COMPETITIVE GRANTS WILL GO TO REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN TCATS, INDUSTRY, AND K THROUGH 12 TO BUILD NEW PROGRAMS IN WORK-BASED LEARNING AND APPRENTICESHIPS, MARKET-DRIVEN DUAL-CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES, AND THE EXPANSION OF INDUSTRY-INFORMED C-T-E OFFERINGS AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS.