The Tennessee Department of Education announced over $2 million in Perkins Reserve Grant awards to 38 school districts for the 2021-22 school year to support career and technical education (CTE) across the state.
The Perkins Reserve Grant (PRG) is a competitive grant opportunity made possible through the federal Perkins V legislation passed in 2018. In 2020, the PRG grant opportunity was redesigned under the four-year Strengthening Career and Technical Education in Tennessee state plan to foster local innovation and support implementation of CTE programs and career pathways, especially in more rural areas, aligned with regionally identified high skill, high wage, and/or in-demand occupations or industries.
At the K-12 level for the 2021-22 school year, 38 Tennessee school districts, 13 of which are in economically at-risk or distressed counties, will receive a total of $2.3 million in Perkins Reserve Grant (PRG) awards.
“Tennessee is continuing to focus on career and technical education to boost student readiness and postsecondary success, and the Perkins Reserve Grant awards help support this work especially in our rural districts,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “These grant awards will ensure districts, schools and partners can continue coming together to help expand CTE opportunities for all students.”
The 38 school districts receiving a 2021-22 Perkins Reserve Grant award are as follows:
|School District||Secondary Award||Regional Career Pathways Awards||Program(s) Funded|
|Alcoa City Schools||$50,000.00||–||Taking EPSO’s to the Next Level at Alcoa High School|
|Bledsoe County Schools||$12,000.00||–||Strengthening Career and Technical Education in Bledsoe County|
|Bradley County Schools||–||$195,461.75||LINKS (Linking Individuals to Nursing Knowledge Successfully) @ PIE (Partners in Industry and Education) Innovation Center|
|Bristol Tennessee City Schools||$50,000.00||–||Expanding and Strengthening CTE Programming to Meet Student and Labor Foe Needs|
|Cannon County Schools||$50,000.00||$200,000.00||
|Clay County Schools||$7,310.00||$53,293.94||
|Cleveland City Schools||$43,121.90||–||Raider Evolve|
|Cocke County Schools||$45,101.00||–||Work-Based Learning: Providing Opportunities for CTE students to Bridge the Gap Between High School and High Skill, High Wage and High Demand Careers|
|Coffee County Schools||$41,079.38||–||Career and Job Skills for All|
|Dyersburg City Schools||$44,900.00||–||Employ Dyersburg: Turning Career Dreams into Reality|
|Fayetteville City Schools||–||$192,397.08||Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Industrial Maintenance|
|Giles County Schools||–||$75,000.00||With Equity for All|
|Grainger County Schools||$45,440.00||–||Knowledge is Power|
|Greeneville City Schools||$21,111.11||–||IMPACT project|
|Hawkins County Schools||$34,890.00||–||Expanding Snap-On PMI Industry Certifications to Studen|
|Hickman County Schools||$42,000.00||–||College and Career Centers|
|Jackson County Schools||$44,800.50||–||
|Jefferson County Schools||$48,066.97||–||
|Lenoir City Schools||–||$200,000.00||Co-location for TCAT in Building Construction Technology and Tiny Home Construction Project for Regional Career Pathways Grant|
|Lewis County Schools||$50,000.00||–||
|Macon County Schools||$41,498.21||–||
|Madison County School||$50,000.00||–||Transporting Students from Learning in the Classroom to Learning on the Worksite
|McMinn County Schools||$45,461.00||–||Mechatronics Program Enhancement|
|Montgomery County Schools||$49,997.60||–||
|Morgan County Schools||$34,000.00||–||The CTE Roadshow|
|Perry County Schools||$26,945.00||–||
|Roane County Schools||–||$199,036.91||High Level Machining|
|Robertson County Schools||–||$61,460.45||TCAT Dual Enrollment|
|Rutherford County Schools||$50,000.00||–||
|Tipton County Schools||$49,994.30||–||VET Laboratory – Vertically Aligned Training for Animal Systems Pathway|
|Trousdale County Schools||$3,710.00||–||Tennessee Promoted Industry Credentials|
|Van Buren County Schools||$5,000.00||–||Industry Certifications – Student Testing Fees|
|Warren County Schools||$50,000.00||–||
|West Carroll Special School District||$50,000.00||–||STEM: ReflectingReal Life Careers|
|White County Schools||$49,330.00||–||
|Wilson County Schools||$50,000.00||–||Closing the Gap with CNA|
This year’s Perkins Reserve Grant recipients submitted applications for programs, initiatives, and strategies that help to ensure their students succeed in exploring, choosing, and following a career pathway to success, whether by providing equitable access, aligned career pathways, high-quality learning experiences, or a combination thereof.
“Thanks to the Perkins Reserve Grants, Rutherford County Schools’ students will benefit from additional opportunities and support around career and technical education through industry certifications and CTE equipment, which is so essential to helping prepare them for future postsecondary and career success,” said Tyra Pilgrim, CTE Director, Rutherford County Schools. “We appreciate the commitment of the Tennessee Department of Education to this critical work and keeping our state focused on education, skill, and workforce development.”
Applications were reviewed by a team of TDOE staff from the Division of College, Career and Technical Education and partners from the Tennessee Board of Regents. All applications needed to address at least one of the priority areas of the state plan – ensuring equitable access, aligning career pathways, and/or ensuring high-quality learning experiences, and the Regional Career Pathways application must also include a regionally focused secondary and postsecondary or workforce partnership.
More information on the Perkins Reserve Grant may be found here.
For Tennessee Department of Education media inquiries, contact Edu.MediaInquiries@tn.gov.