College of Applied Tech in Brownsville gains grant

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Brownsville campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Whiteville has gained a $126,500 grant to enhance its machine tool program.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in a release Monday that the grant is meant to encourage "hands-on learning in the metal working field" at the school and to bolster the state's skilled work force.

The grant comes from a $16.5 million pool that the Legislature approved this year as part of the governor's effort to boost higher education attainment in Tennessee. About 32 percent of Tennesseans currently have certificates or degrees beyond high school. Haslam wants to increase that number to 55 percent by the year 2025.

The new equipment at the Brownsville campus includes a computer numerical control lathe and a vertical machining center.

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