Hamblen Schools Awarded Internship Program Grant

March 9, 2018 – Hamblen County is getting assistance from the state as it grows its student internship program this year.

“We wrote the grant so we could expand that,” said Chuck Carter, supervisor for Career and Technical Education for Hamblen County schools.

The state sent out a news release announcing that a total of 10 schools across the state will each receive grant money for the new Work-Based Learning Grant.  In the Lakeway Area, Hamblen And Claiborne County Schools are each receiving $25,000.  The grant is being administered through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

“School districts across the state are continuing to be a strong force in the education system by providing students with new innovative ideas to learn skills that better prepare them for the future workforce,”  said TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe, in a press release.  “With the help of these grants, school districts will be able to continue developing and implementing programs for career exploration and readiness.”

In Hamblen County, Carter said that is exactly what will happen.  Last year, 25 students participated in Hamblen County’s student internship program.  The school system is growing it this year and the grant money will be used to expand the program into medical field jobs, Carter said.  However, he said they will not be able to place students into doctors, dentists or veterinary offices.  Part of the money will also be used to promote the internship program and help advertise.

Carter said applications are already out.  The deadline for applying is April 1.

“It’ll be a six-week program in the summer,” he said.

The students will be paid $10 an hour and work 40 hours a week.  Half of the pay will come from the business and half from the school system, Carter said.  Any student interested can pick up an application through a counselor, a CTE teacher or through the advisory classes at the two local high schools.

Source – the Citizen Tribune and the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

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