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Wrong Grant reported by The Settler

By Jim Hayes

A reporting error in last week’s edition of The Settler indicated that Volunteer State Community College had received a $1 million Tennessee GIVE grant from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for a job training program.

In fact, the school received a GIVE grant for a program aimed at “growing the skilled technology workforce” in Middle Tennessee, according to the grant documentation.

GO TECH, as the program is called, will rely on a partnership of educational and workforce entities to allow “interested teachers to build tech skills” while providing students various ways to gain technical skills before entering the workforce according to the documentation.

The grant proposal was created in response to statistics which show that Nashville is rapidly emerging as a technology hub. According to RentCafe, the city’s tech job base has grown by 22.7% over the last three years. In addition to Vol State, other partners in the program are: Workforce Essentials, Gallatin Economic Development Agency, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Williamson, Inc., Nashville State Community College, Robertson County Schools, Sumner County Schools, Wilson County Schools, Asurion, Brookdale, Center for Medical Interoperability, Dollar General, Golden Spiral, Guarino Advisors, HCA, HPA/Cognizant, Kraft CPAs, Metro Nashville IT&S, Nissan North America, Red Hat, Stratasan, Surgurai, Veristor and 3-D Technology Group.

The Settler regrets this error.

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