Indian Trail Middle School was recently selected as a recipient of a Career & Technical Education grant provided by the Tennessee Department of Education. The $9,418 grant will allow the implementation of a careers program that will serve students in grades 6-8. Johnson City Schools Career Coach, Dr. Jill Winiger, will provide the structure and training for these new related arts classes.
“We appreciate this grant from the Tennessee Department of Education and look forward to the opportunities this programming will bring our students,” Johnson City Schools Supervisor of CTE and Postsecondary Opportunities Dr. Julia Decker said. “We are excited about transitioning to two 6-8 middle schools next year, and we will continue to extend career exploration into our lower grades to prepare our students for whichever career path they ultimately choose.”
The grant was a part of 38 grants awarded state-wide from the TDOE that totaled over $800,000. The funding was awarded for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, middle school career and technical education (CTE), and High School School-Based Enterprise (SBE) projects. Funding for the grants is provided through Governor Bill Lee’s Future Workforce Initiative. The program is aimed at increasing access to CTE, STEM, and Work-Based Learning (WBL) in the classroom.