A host of 45 people came together at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Oneida/Huntsville’s main campus in Huntsville on Wednesday, November 6th, to celebrate the announcement of a $1,546,400 ARC Power Grant awarded by the Federal Initiative Regional Commission for Workforce Development and Re-employment Opportunities Initiative to the partnership of TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville, TCAT-Jacksboro, and Somerset Community College. The project will serve eight ARC counties (TN-Scott, Morgan, Fentress, and Campbell; Ky-McCreary, Clay, Wayne, and Whitley), of which seven are designated as Distressed and one Transitional. The colleges have created a partnership with nine high school systems, drug courts, jails, chambers of commerce, three development districts, American Job Centers, local governments, nonprofits, and local businesses and industries to implement 12 new skills training programs. With the investment, high school students, adults who are unemployed or underemployed, individuals who are affected by substance use disorder, and incarcerated state and local prisoners will be prepared for high-quality, in-demand careers in the healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction, automotive technology, and trucking industry sectors. Students will have articulation paths from a high school diploma to a TCAT diploma into an associate degree from Somerset Community College. The project will serve over 465 workers/trainees within the eight county region.
Speaking at the celebration were TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville President Dwight Murphy, Deputy Assistant Economic C Development Commissioner Brooxie Carlton, United States Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee Board of Regents Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance Danny Gibbs, Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager, Tennessee State Representative Kelly Keisling, TCAT-Jacksboro President Debbie Petree, and Somerset Community College President Dr. Carey Castle.