GMSD awarded a grant to increase availability of industry-recognized certifications for students

Germantown, Tennessee–June 13, 2018—Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has announced that Germantown Municipal School District is one of 88 school districts in Tennessee to have received the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant. 

“All Tennessee students deserve to have career preparation that lead to high-quality employment after graduation and continue to prioritize this work at the department,” McQueen said.  “Through the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant, we are able to provide funding for programs as we work to ensure that more students are prepared to earn postsecondary credentials and are equipped with the skills they will need to be successful in their future careers.”

This new grant application for the 2018-19 school year combined funding streams from the Perkins Reserve Grant, the department’s New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant, and the Experienced Professionals in the Classroom (EPIC) project to support the implementation of high-quality career pathways for Career Technical Education (CTE) students inTennessee. For the first time, districts could complete one application to be considered for these multiple grant opportunities which awarded school districts $2.2 million dollars. Nearly $900,000 will support students earning industry-recognized certifications. 

Germantown Municipal School District will use the funds to assist with exam fees related to the Student Capstone Industry Certifications series.  The district is proud to offer 10 career clusters, which include 12 unique programs of study at Houston High School. The awarding of the Perkins Reserve Grant will allow us to provide fee assistance for industry certifications for our CTE students.

• Advanced Manufacturing Program of Study, Principles of Manufacturing, NIMS Machining Level 1 Certification
• Information Technology Program of Study, Networking, Cisco IT Essentials PC Hardware & Software Certification
• STEM Education Program of Study, STEM 3, 4, Solidworks Associate (CSWA) Certification

Industry-recognized certifications are a vital post-secondary offering for students who will have the opportunity to enter the work-force straight out of high school or as an augmentation to further education in either a trade school or university pathway.

Complete information about all grant opportunities can be found in the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant announcement. A full list of award recipients can be found here
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