As soon as Cleveland State Community College President Dr. Bill Seymour dots all the Is and crosses all the Ts, the Tennessee Board of Regents College of the Year will be the recipient of a nearly million dollar grant.

The award, which will amount to $999,956, is expected to help grow advanced technology and work-based learning opportunities for present and future students of Cleveland State.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s “GIVE” Grant (Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education) is behind the investment that will pay out over the next three years. The same program will also assist other educational institutions across the Volunteer State to the tune of $25 million.

“These funds directly support our workforce development efforts…” Lee said. “… a key component of our strategy to prioritize rural Tennessee.”Cleveland State’s vision for the grant is to enhance its Advanced Technologies Apprenticeship Institute.

“If you attend Cleveland State and you are enrolled in a work-based technological track for your education, this news will mean great things for you,” Seymour said. “This is a huge development for our students all across our counties.”

Before receiving news of the award, Cleveland State had one clear goal if they were to receive it: To allow all qualifying students enrolled in a technical program at the college to have a work-based learning experience as part of their degree or certificate program.

On the heels of the college’s piloted Mechatronics Honors Institute, the GIVE Grant will now also assist in the building of the CSCC Advanced Technologies Apprenticeship Institute.

Cleveland State will add five new programs to join the Mechatronics Program at the college. Computer Information Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Systems Technology, Cyber Security and Electromechanical Technology will be born as part of Cleveland State’s plans to build on its impact within the economic community across the region.

One of several goals of the GIVE Grant will be to triple its number of industry partnerships over the next three years as a result.

“With this new funding, we will now be able to build all of these advanced technology programs and expand them to include Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk county in Southeast Tennessee,” Seymour added. “We are very thankful the state is helping us take a great idea to scale. This is something that will pay big dividends for our local economy.”

The award process began in June when the Tennessee Higher Education Commission requested proposals on behalf of the governor’s program. Among other things, the proposals were required to show local data that identified workforce needs and information on work-based learning experiences in the region.

“With this money, we will be able to help the people and the industry of the region build a highly-skilled workforce,” said Cleveland State Executive Director of Advancement and the CSCC Foundation Christa Mannarino. “Developing this program will not only attract more students, but also position the college as a leader in providing an educated, globally literate, workforce-ready community in southeast Tennessee.”

Registration is now underway for all CSCC classes on-campus and online for Spring 2020.

For more information on the event, contact CSCC’s Director of Communications and Marketing Don Foley at 423-473-2341 or dfoley @clevelandstatecc.edu

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