Closing Gaps Through Partnerships
The first LEAP grant awared to the SCTWA as Project Manager in the amount of $970,000, is a partnership between Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski (TCAT-P), Martin Methodist College, Columbia State Community College, LEA/Career Technical Education (Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Wayne counties), Gattis Regional Leadership Group, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance, Nissan, Magneti Marelli, Modine Manufacturing, Lincoln Brass, and 4 MAC Machining.
This grant will impact middle and high school students in Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Perry and Wayne counties where new Certified Production Technician curriculum will be implemented into the Career & Technology Education (CTE) programs in the middle and high schools. The students will be working with equipment such as Machining equipment, PLC equipment, Robotic Welders and 3D Printers. “Our goal is to increase the youth’s knowledge of careers in Advanced Manufacturing, as well as, give them a head start on their first tier of education needed for a career in Advanced Manufacturing,” stated McKeel. Experiences will culminate with the opportunities to use manufacturing skills in creative solutions to everyday problems at the newly funded MakerLab at Martin Methodist College.