LEAP program seeks to better link higher education, industry to enhance Drive to 55 effort
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.
“These types of intentional partnerships between local agencies and their colleges or TCATS are what we want to see across the state as a significant piece of the Drive to 55 initiative,” Haslam said. “Tying the training and skills that our colleges are teaching directly to current workforce needs will help more Tennesseans qualify for good paying, high quality jobs.
Below is a list of LEAP Grant Recipients:
Local Agency — Higher Ed Institution — Grant Amount
- East Tennessee Development District — Roane State CC — $970,000.00
- Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce — Southwest Tennessee CC — $743,500.00
- Jackson Regional Partnership — Jackson State CC — $900,000.00
- Nashville Technology Council — Nashville State CC — $850,000.00
- North Tennessee Workforce Board — Nashville State CC — $992,037.00
- Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board — Dyersburg State CC — $850,000.00
- Smoky Mountain Area Workforce Board — Walters State CC — $988,000.00
- South Central Tennessee Development District — TCAT Shelbyville — $970,000.00
- South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance — TCAT Pulaski — $970,000.00
- South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance — Columbia State CC — $135,918.00
- Southeast Tennessee Development District — TCAT Athens — $946,280.00
- Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency — TCAT Livingston — $684,000.00
Funded by a $10 million appropriation by the General Assembly, the LEAP competition required applicants to respond to a competitive Request for Proposals that was released in September. Proposals were reviewed and selected by the Governor’s Workforce Subcabinet, consisting of Commissioners and staff from the following agencies:
- Tennessee Board of Regents
- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
- Tennessee Department of Education
- Tennessee Department of Human Services
- Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
- Tennessee Higher Education Commission.