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Elizabethton High School gets grant to promote new certifications for industry

Contributed • Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 9:51 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Next year, Elizabethton High School students be able to earn a newly recognized industry certification at the school, thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Eighty-eight districts received a portion of the grant, and EHS received more than $35,000 for student equipment, teacher training and exam fees.

This will enable students in the science, technology, engineering and math and maintenance light repair career clusters to earn Precision Measurement Instruments certification by training and testing with their teachers. The grant also covers the cost of the Certified Nursing Assistant and the Microsoft Office Specialist exam fee for students in Level IV Career and Technical Education capstone courses.

“There is a statewide push by the governor and commissioner of education to get students industry certifications and college degrees,” said Brian Culbert, Elizabethton’s CTE director. “We have been promoting early postsecondary opportunities like dual enrollment and dual credit, and this grant helps with our focus on industry certification. Not everyone will take dual enrollment or dual credit, so this helps other students graduate with something that opens doors for them down the road.”

Most of the grant will purchase equipment necessary for the PMI certification, like micrometers and multimeters. It will also cover the training costs for two teachers to certify students in PMI. In the past, students interested in training and testing for this certification had learn and test with a trainer from outside of the school. Culbert said this gives more students access to these opportunities and it gives the school more flexibility.

Until recently, PMI certification was recognized and required by many employers in advanced manufacturing, but not recognized among other state EPSOs for students. TCAT-Elizabethton Assistant Director Danny O’Quinn, TCAT NC3 Coordinator John Lee and Snap-on Tools worked with local schools and the state to get official academic recognition for the certification which begins in the 2018-19 school year.

“We are grateful to Danny O’Quinn and Snap-on Tools who worked with the state to get official recognition for the PMI certification, and that is going to benefit not only our students but students across the state,” Culbert said.

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