Carter County Receives ARC Funding to Support High School CTE Programs – www.elizabethton.com

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Carter County will receive $250,000 in grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help purchase new and updated materials for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in Carter County schools.

“I am thrilled that Carter County has been selected to receive this grant,” Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby said. “We work hard to fill the skills gap in our local workforce while providing our students with the education and skills they need to earn a living wage after graduating from high school. The Appalachian Regional Commission has recognized this need and the work we are doing to help our community.

According to Woodby, this grant was part of the overall project to develop a centralized CTE campus for county schools and dual enrollment opportunities for students pursuing the technical college route. The goal of the overall project is for students to graduate from high school with an associate degree or career certification.

“This project was close to my heart when we started discussing it just over a year ago,” Woodby said. “I believe this project has the potential to change the lives of some of our students and prepare them for a prosperous future.”

Funding from the grant will be used to purchase new equipment for Carter County High School’s CTE programs, such as welding, criminal justice, nursing, auto collision repair, and business management. The Carter County Commission voted in March 2022 to provide the necessary $114,102 in matching funds for the equipment update project if the grant is awarded. The total budget for this grant project is $364,102.

“With constant advances in technology, it is often difficult for local school systems to bear the cost of frequent replacement of equipment for CTE programs, which can be quite expensive,” Woodby said. “This grant will allow our county schools to purchase new, up-to-date equipment so that our students learn their trades on the same modern equipment they will encounter when they enter the workforce.”

This grant application was a cooperative effort between the Carter County Mayor’s Office, the Carter County School System and Tennessee’s First Development District, Woodby said.

“We will be working in the coming weeks with Carter County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brandon Carpenter and his staff to identify the best use of these CTE equipment grant funds,” Woodby said.

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