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TDOE Announces Over $2M in Perkins Reserve Grant Awards – 2021-2022 Funding Supports Expansion and Alignment of CTE Education

Nashville, TN and Woodbury, TN – Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced over $2 million in Perkins Reserve Grant awards to 38 school districts for the 2021-22 school year to support career and technical education (CTE) across the state. 

The Perkins Reserve Grant (opens in a new window) (PRG) is a competitive grant opportunity made possible through the federal Perkins V legislation passed in 2018. In 2020, the PRG grant opportunity was redesigned under the four-year Strengthening Career and Technical Education in Tennessee (opens in a new window) state plan to foster local innovation and support implementation of CTE programs and career pathways, especially in more rural areas, aligned with regionally identified high skill, high wage, and/or in-demand occupations or industries.

At the K-12 level for the 2021-22 school year, 38 Tennessee school districts, 13 of which are in economically at-risk or distressed counties, will receive a total of $2.3 million in Perkins Reserve Grant (PRG) awards. 

“Tennessee is continuing to focus on career and technical education to boost student readiness and post-secondary success, and the Perkins Reserve Grant awards help support this work especially in our rural districts,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “These grant awards will ensure districts, schools and partners can continue coming together to help expand CTE opportunities for all students.” 

The 38 school districts receiving a 2021-22 Perkins Reserve Grant award are as follows: 

School DistrictSecondary AwardRegional Career Pathways AwardProgram(s)s Funded
Alcoa City Schools  $50,000.00  – Taking EPSO’s to the Next Level at Alcoa High School 
Bledsoe County Schools  $12,000.00  – Strengthening Career and Technical Education in Bledsoe County 
Bradley County Schools –  $195,461.75  LINKS (Linking Individuals to Nursing Knowledge Successfully) @ PIE (Partners in Industry and Education) Innovation Center 
Bristol Tennessee City Schools  $ 50,000.00  – Expanding and Strengthening CTE Programming to Meet Student and Labor Force Needs  
Cannon County Schools  $50,000.00   $200,000.00  ·  College and Career Awareness of High Skill, High Wage, and In-Demand Occupations at the Middle Grades Level   ·  Expansion of STEM Pathway  
Clay County Schools  $7,310.00  $53,293.94  ·  Industry Credentials: Investing in Our Students Future   ·  Turning Clay County Students into Clay County Teachers 
Cleveland City Schools  $43,121.90  – Raider Evolve 
Cocke County Schools  $45,101.00  – Work-Based Learning: Providing Opportunities for CTE students to Bridge the Gap Between High School and High Skill, High Wage and High Demand Careers 
Coffee County Schools  $41,079.38  – Career and Job Skills for All  
Dyersburg City Schools  $44,900.00  – Employ Dyersburg: Turning Career Dreams into Reality 
Fayetteville City Schools – $192,397.08  Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Industrial Maintenance 
Giles County Schools – $75,000.00 With Equity for All 
Grainger County Schools  $45,440.00  – Knowledge is Power  
Greeneville City Schools  $21,111.11  – IMPACT project  
Hawkins County Schools  $34,890.00  – Expanding Snap-On PMI Industry Certifications to Students 
Hickman County Schools  $42,000.00  – College and Career Centers 
Jackson County Schools  $44,800.50  – ·  Industry Credential Exam Fees  ·  Precision Measurement Instrument (PMI) Equipment  
Jefferson County Schools  $48,066.97  – ·  CTE Summer Camp for Middle School Exploration   ·  Accessibility to High Demand Industry Credentials and Instructional Materials  
Lenoir City Schools – $200,000.00 Co-location for TCAT in Building Construction Technology and Tiny Home Construction Project for Regional Career Pathways Grant 
Lewis County Schools  $50,000.00  – ·  High-Quality Learning Experience: Funding for Industry Certifications/ Credentials   ·  Aligned Career Pathways: Funding to Purchase and Expand Appropriate Equipment & Technology 
Macon County Schools  $41,498.21  – ·  Industry Credentials Fees and Reporting System  ·  Careers in IT, It’s Never Too Early to Build the Next Generation of IT Professionals  
Madison County Schools  $50,000.00  – Transporting Students from Learning in the Classroom to Learning on the Worksite   Equipment Grant 
McMinn County Schools  $45,461.00  – Mechatronics Program Enhancement 
Montgomery County Schools  $49,997.60  – ·  Training to Retain – Developing a Local EPP   ·  Engage, Explore, and Aspire  
Morgan County Schools  $34,000.00  – The CTE Roadshow 
Perry County Schools  $26,945.00  – ·  Expand EPSO offerings to Agriculture-Horticulture Program of Study with Equipment  ·  Support Existing EPSOs, Credentialing, and Work-Based Learning 
Roane County Schools – $199,036.91  High Level Machining 
Robertson County Schools – $61,460.45 TCAT Dual Enrollment 
Rutherford County Schools  $50,000.00  – ·  Student Industry Certification Initiative  ·  New Audio/Visual Production CTE Program of Study 
Tipton County Schools  $49,994.30  – VET Laboratory – Vertically Aligned Training for Animal Systems Pathway 
Trousdale County Schools  $3,710.00  – Tennessee Promoted Industry Credentials  
Van Buren County Schools  $5,000.00  – Industry Certifications – Student Testing Fees 
Warren County Schools  $50,000.00  – ·  CTE Industry Certification Exam/EPSO Dual Credit Initiative  ·  Virtual Job Shadow   ·  BOXLIGHT Technology  
West Carroll Special School District   $50,000.00  – STEM: Reflecting Real Life Careers 
White County Schools  $49,330.00  – ·  Certs for All  ·  Pick A Path  ·  Warrior Innovation Fab Lab 
Wilson County Schools  $50,000.00  – Closing the Gap with CNA 
38 school districts receiving a 2021-22 Perkins Reserve Grant award

This year’s Perkins Reserve Grant recipients submitted applications for programs, initiatives, and strategies that help to ensure their students succeed in exploring, choosing, and following a career pathway to success, whether by providing equitable access, aligned career pathways, high-quality learning experiences, or a combination thereof.

“Thanks to the Perkins Reserve Grants, Cannon County Schools’ students will have additional resources and additional opportunities specifically in the Middle Grades regarding Career and Technical Education through CTE equipment, which is so very important to prepare them for future post-secondary and career success,” said Mr. William Freddy Curtis, Director of Schools, Cannon County Schools. “This funding will enable and enhance our efforts in College and Career Awareness of high skill, high wage, and in-demand occupations at the Middle Grades Level  and the expansion of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Pathway.   We are so very appreciative to the Tennessee Department of Education for these funds to keep Cannon County and Tennessee to be focused on education, skills, and aiding in the preparation of Cannon County students for career and workforce development.”

Applications were reviewed by a team of TDOE staff from the Division of College, Career and Technical Education and partners from the Tennessee Board of Regents. All applications needed to address at least one of the priority areas of the state plan – ensuring equitable access, aligning career pathways, and/or ensuring high-quality learning experiences, and the Regional Career Pathways application must also include a regionally focused secondary and post-secondary or workforce partnership.

“Cannon County Schools is excited to have been chosen as a recipient for both the Secondary Perkins Reserve and the Regional Career Pathways Grants. This funding will allow Cannon County Schools to increase awareness of Career and Technical Education at the middle grades level by utilizing career exploration programs and enable the county to employ a dedicated middle grades teacher to ensure equity for all students,” commented Mrs. Crystal Kennedy, Cannon County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director.  Another aspect of this funding is to expand our STEM pathway programs at both the high school and middle grades level by purchasing much needed industry-standard equipment, working with post-secondary institutions to offer industry certifications and course credit, as well as partnering with local and regional industry partners to host internships and Work Based Learning opportunities.

For Tennessee Department of Education media inquiries, contact Edu.MediaInquiries@tn.gov (opens in a new window),  and for local media inquiries, please contact Mr. William F. Curtis, Director of Cannon County Schools at 629-201-4801 Extension 10101 or at williamf.curtis@ccstn.net for local Cannon County Schools information.

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