Governor to visit TCAT Elizabethton on Friday

John Thompson • Updated Dec 31, 2019 at 9:59 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Gov. Bill Lee will be paying a visit to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton on Friday. One of the things Lee is coming to see is the new advanced manufacturing lab.

The visit is a continuation of trips the governor made to East Tennessee before Christmas to see the impact that his $25 million Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education program is making at secondary and post-secondary vocational education.

The Elizabethton school received $1 million from the initiative, and the advanced manufacturing lab was one of the beneficiaries. A news release issued when the grants were announced said the GIVE program prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide.

The program prioritized economically distressed and at-risk counties. Earlier this year, the General Assembly approved $25 million in the governor’s budget for the program.

The largest single grants from the initiative was $1 million, which TCAT Elizabethton and a few others received.

The funding will allow the advanced manufacturing lab to be funded with the machinery and technology used by the most up-to-date manufacturers, including smart machinery and robotics.

Only a portion of the grant will be used for the lab. The remainder will be used to for science, technology, engineering and mathematics laboratories to be designed by TCAT Elizabethton and placed in some local high schools.

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