Updated: 2/22/2021


IN A PRESS CONFERENCE, COMMISSIONER PENNY SCHWINN ANNOUNCED THAT THE STATE OF TENNESSEE WAS AWARDED THE EDUCATION INNOVATION AND RESEARCH (EIR) EARLY PHASE GRANT FOR $4,000,000 AND WAS ONE OF ONLY FOUR STATES TO BE AWARDED THE OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAM GRANT FOR $2,900,000.

AT ALMOST $7 MILLION DOLLARS, THE GRANT MONEY WILL GO A LONG WAY TO STRENGTHEN COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION, STEM PROGRAMS, AND HELP PREPARE STUDENTS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS.

THE EIR EARLY PHASE GRANT WILL SUPPORT A BRAND NEW INITIATIVE, THE TENNESSEE SYSTEM FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PROJECT, THAT WILL EXPAND STEM AND COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAMS THAT INCLUDE WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE, IN 20 HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS TENNESSEE.

THE OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS GRANT WILL FUND THE TENNESSEE EXPANSION OF COMPUTER SCIENCE CAREER (TEC) PATHWAYS PROJECT, AND WILL EXPAND COMPUTER SCIENCE AND STEM PATHWAYS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE STATE.