NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) has announced  the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has awarded grants to several area Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) to provide educational programming for adults in Campbell, Claiborne and Union counties.

TCAT Jacksboro, TCAT Oneida/Huntsville  and TCAT Knoxville were among more than a dozen agencies that were selected to receive a four-year Adult Education grant from the department beginning July 1. The goal is to increase the number of organizations throughout the state that offer adult education programs, allowing for a more localized approach to the services they provide.

“Every Tennessean deserves to receive a quality education, regardless of their age,” Powers said. “These investments will benefit adults throughout our communities and enable them to create brighter futures for themselves and their families.”

Grants will be used to provide math, writing, reading and English language programming as well as prepare learners to earn their high school equivalency diploma via the HiSET exam. TCAT Knoxville will also provide integrated English language and civics education programs as well.

There are more than 400,000 working-age adults without a high school equivalency credential, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Tennesseans who received a high school equivalency credential have seen a 32 percent increase in their earnings after one year. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 7/6/2023- 6AM)