County schools to get $4.5M
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer
Apr 07, 2014 | 913 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President Barack Obama is set to announce today that the Bradley County Schools system will receive a grant worth nearly $4.5 million as part of a new program aimed at helping school systems across the country prepare students for life after high school.

The county school system will receive $4,499,121 to bolster its efforts to get local high school students college and career-ready, according to a White House press release.

It is one of only 24 school systems nationwide that have been chosen to receive a portion of the $170 million in grants that are being awarded today. Bradley County’s system was also the only one in Tennessee to be chosen for the new grant program.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Education, the grant is meant to be used to fund partnerships between local schools and other entities like colleges and businesses to create or add to programs that would allow students to learn practical work skills while still in high school.

A goal of the program is to help local entities “redesign the teaching and learning experience for youth to more fully prepare them with the knowledge, skills and industry-relevant education needed to get on the pathway to a successful career.” 

It could fund local programs that would allow students to receive college credits or take part in apprenticeships. It could also help add or expand local career and technical education program offerings.

The grant program emphasizes students getting hands-on work experience, getting college experience and students entering high-demand fields like those related to science and technology.

The president was scheduled to give more details on the new program during a speech at a high school in Bladensburg, Md., later today.

Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel could not be reached for comment before press deadlines today. More details on how the local school system will be using the money will be published in Tuesday’s edition.