Jackson State Community College awarded $673,000 Perkins READI Grant

Jun 23rd, 2022

Jackson State Community College has been awarded $673,000 of a larger $5.7 million Perkins READI Grant aimed to boost career and technical education (CTE) programs across the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and the federal Perkins Grant program.

JSCC was selected as one of seven Tennessee community and technical colleges to receive the grants, following a competitive application process.

Perkins funds are awarded by the federal government under provisions of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act of 2018. TBR established the READI grants using unexpended Perkins funding from previous fiscal years that would otherwise expire this year.

Federal Perkins funding are awarded annually for CTE programs, with typical amounts per institution being $50,000 to $100,000. The READI Grants created a rare opportunity for institutions to receive a one-time award amount of up to $1 million in funding.

“We are honored to receive this unprecedented federal Perkins funding and I am excited to see the impact it will make on our community as students get career-ready through our robust career and technical programs here at Jackson State Community College,” JSCC President Dr. George Pimentel said. “I am grateful to the team that put in the hard work to help secure this funding and I encourage everyone within the JSCC service area to look into the exceptional programs we offer to kick-start or advance their careers.”

JSCC applied for the READI grant to assist in the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that mirrors equipment seen within each respective industry, preparatory licensure activities, and a targeted marketing campaign to promote CTE programs at the college.

The full list of TBR institutions awarded the $5.7 million can be found at tbr.edu.

PHOTO CAPTION: Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings met with leaders of colleges receiving the Perkins READI grants. From left: Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Murfreesboro President Carol Puryear; Chancellor Flora W. Tydings; Volunteer State Community College President Orinthia Montague; Tim Dellinger, vice president for financial and administrative affairs, Jackson State Community College; TCAT Knoxville President Kelli Chaney; TCAT Crossville President Cliff Wightman, and TCAT Dickson President Arrita Summers.

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