Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, fourth from left, appeared to be in his element last Wednesday at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Hohenwald as instructor Shirley Brown Harrison shared lessons her students in the electro-mechanical department are learning. Student Isaiah Hanvy, second from left, explained operations to Wayne County School Director Marlon Davis. Also pictured, TCAT President Kelli Kea-Carroll, State Senator Dr Joey Hensley and Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick, far right. Governor Lee was in Hohenwald to announce that the school would be awarded a $1 million GIVE (Governor's Investment in Vocational Education) grant authorized by the Tennessee Legislature. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora Tydings addressed the packed crowd, thanking the governor and the Legislature for the funding. Local mayors and dignitaries from Lewis and surrounding counties were in attendance. Bill Lee's family business is the Lee Company, a plumbing and electrical company and he worked as a young man as a mechanic's helper.
"It was a great honor to host Governor Lee, locally on campus, for his official announcement of the GIVE Grant Award to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hohenwald and even more significant to receive funding of the one-million dollar award to assist the Tennessee college in furthering the technical education opportunities of our south central area students and employers," President Kelli Kea-Carroll stated.
Tennessee's 50th governor, Bill Lee, made technical education a priority as soon as he took office.
"The majority of the funding, approximately $750,000, was proposed to pu...