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New Industry Certifications & WBL Grants

Last week, in response to input from the business community the Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced 21 new industry certification options for Tennessee students in order to prepare them for the state’s most in-demand industry sectors.

These new additions bring the number of recognized industry certifications up to 80, with 46 of them being aligned with specific CTE programs of study. 

Read more about the new certifications here

See a list of the 2018/2019 promoted industry certifications here

The Department of Economic Development also made a significant workforce development announcement when they released 10 work-based learning grants totaling $250,000.  These grants were awarded to LEAs in order to “promote community-led work-based learning to improve career awareness and readiness of students and improve local/regional talent pipeline.”

Second round winners included:

  1. Anderson County Schools – Anderson County

  2. Oak Ridge Schools – Anderson County

  3. Claiborne County School District – Claiborne County

  4. Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools – Davidson County

  5. DeKalb County Board of Education – DeKalb County

  6. Dyer County Schools – Dyer County

  7. Dyersburg City Schools – Dyer County

  8. Hamblen County Schools – Hamblen County

  9. Marion County Board of Education – Marion County

  10. Monroe County Schools – Monroe County

In January, 29 first round recipients won grants totaling more than $710,000 top expand work-based learning efforts in their schools and communities. The Roundtable was pleased to participate in the review of applications, and congratulates all first and second round winners.



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