School system receives grant
By Rima Austin | June 11, 2018 8:31 am
White County school system is the recipient of approximately $42,000 from a state grant that will help in numerous aspects of the educational needs for students who are choosing a technical career path after graduation.
The Perkins Reserve Consolidated grant is a relatively new grant that is made up of several different revenue streams such as New Skills for Youth grant and Experienced Professionals in the Classroom project and makes it easier for applicants to apply under one application. Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced last week that 88 school districts, along with one postsecondary school, have been awarded $2.2 million through the Perkins Reserve Consolidated grant.
The White County school system does what it can to prepare all students for a sustaining career when they graduate. This year, on behalf of the school system, White County High School Assistant Principal Tim Mackie and Academic/Career Coach Terri Douglas applied for funding from the Perkins Reserve Consolidated grant, which was ultimately approved.
Of the $2.2 million disbursement, White County schools will receive $42,269.11. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger explained that White County High School would use this money for software programs, specialized equipment for classrooms, and to pay testing fees for students to gain industry certifications. According to Dronebarger, the funds will be available after July 1, 2018. He went on to say that the first thing the high school will buy will be a new tool kit from Snap-On Tools that will be used in the Auto Mechanics, STEM, and Mechatronics programs.
“This funding allows us to purchase materials and services outside of the normal funding sources that benefit our students who are involved in technical pathways,” says Dronebarger. “Our hope as a district is that students will exit high school with industry certifications and postsecondary credits in technical fields. Perkins grants money helps us to achieve these goals. Our community can take pride in the Career and Technical Education in White County.”
According to the Tennessee Department of Education, the grant money was awarded to districts that needed help in the areas of work based learning; equipment to support career and technical educational programs of study; instructor licensure or testing site accreditation; exam fee for student capstone industry certification; and development of an associate degree occupational educator preparation program at a community college.
“All Tennessee students deserve to have career preparation that lead to high quality employment after graduation and continue to prioritize this work at the department,” says McQueen. “Through the Perkins Reserve Consolidated grant we are able to provide funding for programs as we work to ensure that more students are prepared to earn postsecondary credentials and are equipped with the skills they will need to be successful in their careers.”