FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 7, 2005
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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $60,000 GRANT FOR MURRAY WORKERS
ADULT EDUCATION GRANT WILL HELP WORKERS GET GED

NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development today announced the award of a $60,000 grant for adult education programs to benefit displaced Murray workers. The grant will pay for teacher salaries, instructional materials, and supplies for 17 additional classes in Lawrence and Wayne counties. More than 55 Murray workers have already signed up for the classes.

“This grant is essential to help Murray workers look to the future and begin the process of training for an in-demand career,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “Education and training are the keys for all hard working Tennesseans to secure good jobs with good futures, and to attract new industry to improve economic development for our state.”

By September 2005, more than 1,200 employees from Murray Inc. in Lawrence County will be without a job. During the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (TDLWD) Rapid Response meetings with Murray management and the workers, it was discovered that close to a third of the workers do not have a high school education. In order for all Murray workers to have access to Adult Education programs and services, the TDLWD will provide more than $60,000 for additional classes in Lawrence and Wayne counties for the Murray employees.

“Adult Education is a priority with this department,” said TDLWD Commissioner James Neeley. “Just over a million people across the state do not have a high school education. Employers will not hire people without a GED. It is our goal to help the Murray workers as much as we can as they transition into new careers.”

Senator Doug Jackson of Dickson said, “I want to thank the department for their strong commitment to our community. These workers deserve every chance at success, and the GED program will provide them with increased opportunities.”

This district is also represented by State Representative Joey Hensley of Hohenwald.

The additional adult education classes have already begun and will continue into next year.

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