Update: Governor’s Meeting on Higher Ed at NE State Community College

Category: State Issues

On Tuesday, July 17, Governor Haslam held the first in a series of seven local discussions on higher education at Northeast State Technical Community College.

The Kingsport Times-News published an article late last night with many details from that meeting.  It can be accessed here.  Attending the meeting were representatives from K-12 and higher education institutions, as well as industry leaders from the Tri-Cities area.  Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville), Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), and other elected officials also participated in the discussion.

Several problems were identified at the meeting.  One issue that received discussion time, a takeaway from Governor Haslam’s recent trip to the National Governor’s Association meeting, is the national trend surrounding jobs.  Although jobs are available, the Governor stated, there remains a lack of qualified workers to fill them.

Also addressed was the need for increased funding for equipment and training programs and the current yearlong waiting period at Tennessee Technology Centers located in East Tennessee.  To read more about the meeting, click here.

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