JMCSS Receives GIVE Grant for Workforce Development
Workforce development is a critical component of the Jackson-Madison County School System’s strategic plan for improvement. So far, successful programs like the LAUNCH career readiness initiative and L.O.O.P. (Local Options and Opportunities Program) have provided more opportunities for JMCSS students to earn college credits, industry certifications, and gain valuable work-based earning experience. The next phase in advancing workforce development initiatives is establishing a workforce development center that will allow students from all high schools to access programs in advanced manufacturing, welding, and health science.
Recently, Governor Lee announced the project recipients of the GIVE Grant. These projects will receive funding through the Governor’s Investment in Vocation Education (GIVE) program, which set aside $25 million from the governor’s budget earlier this year. The grant prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide.
Out of 100 applicants, twenty-five were awarded grants. JMCSS was notified that the joint application between TCAT-Jackson, Jackson State, UT Martin, and JMCSS, with support from the Jackson Chamber and Vicki Lake from WTHC, was fully funded in the amount of $927,580. Of that amount, approximately $400,000 will go to the first phase of renovating the JMCSS workforce development center (located on the campus of JCMECH). Approximately $200,000 will go towards three years of staffing at TCAT-Jackson while the remaining $300,000 will go towards equipment upgrades and needed materials at JSCC, TCAT-Jackson, and UT Martin.