Haslam Announces Workforce Development Grant Recipients

By: Jackson Chamber on Dec 16, 2014


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities. “These types of intentional partnerships between local agencies and their colleges or TCATS are what we want to see across the state as a significant piece of the Drive to 55 initiative,” Haslam said. “Tying the training and skills that our colleges are teaching directly to current workforce needs will help more Tennesseans qualify for good paying, high quality jobs.”

Below is a list of LEAP Grant Recipients:

Local Agency • Higher Ed Institution • Grant Amount

East Tennessee Development District • Roane State CC • $970,000.00

Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce • Southwest Tennessee CC • $743,500.00

Jackson Regional Partnership • Jackson State CC • $900,000.00

Nashville Technology Council • Nashville State CC • $850,000.00

North Tennessee Workforce Board • Nashville State CC • $992,037.00

Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board • Dyersburg State CC • $850,000.00

Smoky Mountain Area Workforce Board • Walters State CC • $988,000.00

South Central Tennessee Development District • TCAT Shelbyville • $970,000.00

South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance • TCAT- Pulaski • $970,000.00

South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance • Columbia State CC • $135,918.00

Southeast Tennessee Development District • TCAT Athens • $946,280.00

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency • TCAT Livingston • $684,000.00

Funded by a $10 million appropriation by the General Assembly, the LEAP competition required applicants to respond to a competitive Request for Proposals that was released in September. Proposals were reviewed and selected by the Governor’s Workforce Subcabinet, consisting of Commissioners and staff from the following agencies: - Tennessee Board of Regents - Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development - Tennessee Department of Education - Tennessee Department of Human Services - Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development - Tennessee Higher Education Commission. “Governor Haslam continues to recognize education and workforce development as the number one factor in the site location decision making process,” said Kyle Spurgeon, President/CEO, Jackson Chamber. “This grant will further strengthen our region's ability to provide a qualified workforce to new and existing industry.” “This is very exciting news for West Tennessee. I want to thank Governor Haslam and his team,” Kingsley Brock, Executive Director, Jackson Regional Partnership added. “This grant will allow Jackson State Community College and our area TCATs to purchase new equipment to expand their training capabilities, increasing the skills of our workforce to compete for new jobs more effectively as well as continue to support our existing industry base. I want to thank all of the West Tennessee partners that participated in the grant process.”


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