Putnam County named one of new adult education service providers

By | April 30, 2016 5:28 am

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on April 29 eight new service providers who will coordinate adult education programs in each of the state’s 95 counties.

Tennessee now has 40 adult education service delivery areas, each with a separate entity overseeing the program in its respective part of the state. On July 1, 2016 TDLWD will restructure those service delivery areas into eight districts.

During fiscal year 2015-2016, the state of Tennessee paid $3.15 million in administrative costs associated with the adult education program. The realignment to eight districts will reduce those administrative costs by nearly $2.1 million in fiscal year 2016-2017.

The department will take the money once spent on overhead costs and nearly double the number of full-time instructors across the state, increasing the figure from 35 to 62 instructors.

With the new service contracts, which are effective July 1, providers in the eight districts will be able to offer full-time instructors a starting salary of $40,000. The current salary for a beginning adult education instructor is $28,809.

Adult education classes will continue seamlessly in each of Tennessee’s counties. Between now and July 1, TDLWD will work with the eight new providers to coordinate the start-up of the restructured program.

Contracts will be awarded to the following organizations.

District 1 – Northeast State Community College

District 2 – Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville

District 3 – Putnam County Schools

District 4 – Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens

District 5 – Workforce Essentials

District 6 – South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance

District 7 – Henderson County Schools

District 8 – HopeWorks

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