Gov. Lee's GIVE Grants enable statewide expansion of training in such high-demand fields as Cybersecurity, Advance Manufacturing, Healthcare and more

GIVE Grants to advance career & technical education

Governor Bill Lee today announced projects receiving funding through the second round of the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) program, which prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide. A total of $24,939,853 will help fund 27 programs and projects at 21 community and technical colleges in the College System of Tennessee, governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The grants will enable statewide expansions of training programs in such high-demand fields as Cybersecurity, Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Construction, Automotive Technology and more. The 27 funded projects will serve all economically distressed counties and 25 of the 30 at-risk counties.

“We are especially proud to announce these well-deserved grants during National Workforce Development Week,” said Gov. Lee. “Rural workforce development has been one of my top priorities since day one, and I’m glad to see the remarkable progress we’re making. By developing a highly skilled workforce, Tennesseans’ lives are transformed, and companies are choosing to invest and expand in our state at record rates.”

Since creating GIVE, Gov. Lee’s first legislative priority, he has invested $50 million in the program to support workforce development through career and technical education. The first round of GIVE funding in 2019 served an estimated 8,000 students, and this second round will serve an estimated 7,500 students.

“The programs, projects and partnerships funded by this second round of GIVE grants will enable our community and technical colleges to expand their training opportunities for Tennesseans to learn the skills and earn the credentials they need to succeed in high-demand careers across the state – changing the trajectory of their families' lives forever," TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings said. "We’re grateful to Governor Lee, members of the General Assembly, and our partners in state and local agencies for providing resources to help our colleges continue powering Tennessee’s economy by training the workforce for jobs that employers desperately need to fill.”

Tennessee has made notable progress in rural workforce development in recent years which has resulted in securing over 24,000 new jobs and nearly $13 billion in capital investment in rural counties since 2019.

Gov. Lee will highlight rural workforce development Nov. 19, at the East Tennessee Rural Summit in Newport. The governor’s rural summits focus on at-risk and distressed counties by engaging city and county mayors, education and economic leaders, and cabinet members.

Notable projects in East Tennessee that have been awarded GIVE grants in both rounds of funding include the Cleveland State Community College Mechatronics Technology apprenticeship-like program and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Morristown's Five Rivers Partnership for Future Ready Pathways, which is implementing a regional approach to workforce development that provides expanded opportunities to all students, regardless of their economic background or physical location.

Find more information on the GIVE initiative here. The list of second-round GIVE projects and recipients:



The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.