Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $1,386,975 grant for Pellissippi State Community College to fund much-needed equipment.
The funds will help Pellissippi State purchase equipment for its Advanced Manufacturing and Nursing programs, particularly equipment needed for new laboratories and a workforce development center at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus.
“Today is a special day at Pellissippi State,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We know we have a lot of work to do, across the state, to reach the goals of ‘Drive to 55,’ and here at Pellissippi State believe the way to do that is through partnerships.”
“These grants represent a substantial investment that will result in highly skilled workers,” Haslam said. “This will help meet the growing demand among employers in the region for well-trained employees.”
Pellissippi State’s grant is part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” effort, which aims to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials. The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s state budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development.
At the Friday, Dec. 13, presentation, Haslam also announced a $450,000 grant for Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.