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Haslam Announces Workforce Development Grants

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said more than $2.7 million in workforce development grants for two Memphis colleges can help meet Tennessee's need for qualified workers.

Haslam announced the grants Monday at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis.

The college is receiving $1.2 million for equipment to enhance its Avionics and Aircraft Maintenance and Advanced Manufacturing programs. Haslam said every graduate of the college gets placed in a job.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is getting $1.5 million for its mechatronics program. Mechatronics combines mechanical, electronic and systems engineering in product design.

Haslam said only 32 percent of Tennesseans have certificates or degrees beyond high school. Studies show that number must be 55 percent by 2025 to meet workforce demands.

The Legislature approved $16.5 million for grants at technical and community colleges.

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