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SEPTEMBER 3, 2008
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GOVERNOR AWARDS HAMILTON CO. APPRENTICESHIP GRANT
chattanooga ELECTRICAL JATC AWARDED $50,000

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $50,000to Chattanooga Electrical JATC, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The grants will provide training to 268 apprentices to become electrical wiremen.

"It is vital to continually train and upgrade the skills of Tennessee’s existing workforce to keep our state economically competitive," said Governor Bredesen. "Apprenticeship training grants are valuable resources to help meet the demands for skilled labor in Tennessee and help businesses become more productive.”

"I am proud to award this federal grant money to Chattanooga Electrical," said Commissioner Neeley.  "Since January 1st of this year the Workforce Development Division has awarded more than $608,000 in this pilot program for apprenticeship training, benefiting close to 740 apprentices across the state."

 “I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neely for awarding this federal grant to Chattanooga Electrical JATC,” said Senator Andy Berke.  “The Apprenticeship Assistance program will help our state continue to remain competitive with the rest of the nation.”

“This grant program is a benefit to our economy,” said Representative JoAnne Favors.  “I applaud the Governor and Department of Labor for creating this program for apprenticeship training.”

 

The Southeast Tennessee Development District played a key role in awarding the grant to Chattanooga Electrical JATC.

 

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Apprenticeship Assistance Program.  The program is designed to help bring valuable skills training for the building trades and other skills related jobs in high-growth industries that face critical skilled worker shortages where demand exceeds supply.  The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Apprenticeship Assistance Program. Organizations or employers must be recognized by the US/DOL Office of Apprenticeship and have an active apprenticeship program in Tennessee.  Funding priority is given to organizations that promote training in pre-apprenticeship and 1st and 2nd year apprentices where there are critical skilled worker shortages.

 
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