Rutherford County Schools was awarded a $1 million Innovative High School Grant to boost the work-based learning programs at Riverdale and La Vergne high schools with career-based courses and a career coach.
The grant is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education, which plans to award a total of $30 million to districts across the state using federal dollars found in the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.
The news release from the state said that the county plans to offer after-school industry certification trainings and employer-led camps to equip students with entry-level job skills.
The grant period began May 21 and will run through Sept. 30, 2023.
RCS plans to use its funds to improve the existing Career and Technical Education courses offered to its high school students.
“They need more support,” said Rutherford County Schools Director Bill Spurlock in a news release. “Our CTE is very robust.”
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction