TDOE Announces Over $2M In Perkins Reserve Grant Awards, Including For Several Local Counties

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Tennessee Department of Education on Wednesday announced over $2 million in Perkins Reserve Grant awards to 38 school districts for the 2021-22 school year to support career and technical education across the state. Area school districts receiving the grants include Bledsoe, Bradley, Cleveland and McMinn counties. 

The Perkins Reserve Grant is a competitive grant opportunity made possible through the federal Perkins V legislation passed in 2018. In 2020, the PRG grant opportunity was redesigned under the four-year Strengthening Career and Technical Education in Tennessee state plan to foster local innovation and support implementation of CTE programs and career pathways, especially in more rural areas, aligned with regionally identified high skill, high wage, and/or in-demand occupations or industries.

At the K-12 level for the 2021-22 school year, 38 Tennessee school districts, 13 of which are in economically at-risk or distressed counties, will receive a total of $2.3 million in Perkins Reserve Grant awards. 

"Tennessee is continuing to focus on career and technical education to boost student readiness and postsecondary success, and the Perkins Reserve Grant awards help support this work especially in our rural districts,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “These grant awards will ensure districts, schools and partners can continue coming together to help expand CTE opportunities for all students.” 

The 38 school districts receiving a 2021-22 Perkins Reserve Grant award are as follows: 

School District

Secondary Award

Regional Career Pathways Awards

Program(s) Funded

Alcoa City Schools



Taking EPSO's to the Next Level at Alcoa High School

Bledsoe County Schools



Strengthening Career and Technical Education in Bledsoe County

Bradley County Schools



LINKS (Linking Individuals to Nursing Knowledge Successfully) @ PIE (Partners in Industry and Education) Innovation Center

Bristol Tennessee City Schools

$ 50,000.00


Expanding and Strengthening CTE Programming to Meet Student and Labor Force Needs

Cannon County Schools



  • College and Career Awareness of High Skill, High Wage, and In-Demand Occupations at the Middle Grades Level
  • Expansion of STEM Pathway

Clay County Schools



  • Industry Credentials: Investing in Our Students Future
  • TurningClay County Students into Clay County Teachers

Cleveland City Schools



Raider Evolve

Cocke County Schools



Work-Based Learning: Providing Opportunities for CTE students to Bridge the Gap Between High School and High Skill, High Wage and High Demand Careers

Coffee County Schools



Career and Job Skills for All

Dyersburg City Schools



Employ Dyersburg: Turning Career Dreams into Reality

Fayetteville City Schools



Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Industrial Maintenance

Giles County Schools



With Equity for All

Grainger County Schools



Knowledge is Power

Greeneville City Schools



IMPACT project

Hawkins County Schools



Expanding Snap-On PMI Industry Certifications to Students

Hickman County Schools



College and Career Centers

Jackson County Schools



  • Industry Credential Exam Fees
  • Precision Measurement Instrument (PMI) Equipment

Jefferson County Schools



  • CTE Summer Camp for Middle School Exploration
  • Accessibility to High Demand Industry Credentials and Instructional Materials

Lenoir City Schools



Co-location for TCAT in Building Construction Technology and Tiny Home Construction Project for Regional Career Pathways Grant

Lewis County Schools



  • High-Quality Learning Experience: Funding for Industry Certifications/ Credentials
  • Aligned Career Pathways: Funding to Purchase and Expand Appropriate Equipment & Technology

Macon County Schools



  • Industry Credentials Fees and Reporting System
  • Careers in IT, It’s Never Too Early to Build the Next Generation of IT Professionals

Madison County Schools



Transporting Students from Learning in the Classroom to Learning on the Worksite

Equipment Grant

McMinn County Schools



Mechatronics Program Enhancement

Montgomery County Schools



  • Training to Retain - Developing a Local EPP
  • Engage, Explore, and Aspire

Morgan County Schools



The CTE Roadshow

Perry County Schools



  • Expand EPSO offerings to Agriculture-Horticulture Program of Study with Equipment
  • Support Existing EPSOs, Credentialing, and Work-Based Learning

Roane County Schools



High Level Machining

Robertson County Schools



TCAT Dual Enrollment

Rutherford County Schools



  • Student Industry Certification Initiative
  • New Audio/Visual Production CTE Program of Study

Tipton County Schools



VET Laboratory - Vertically Aligned Training for Animal Systems Pathway

Trousdale County Schools



Tennessee Promoted Industry Credentials

Van Buren County Schools



Industry Certifications - Student Testing Fees

Warren County Schools



  • CTE Industry Certification Exam/EPSO Dual Credit Initiative
  • Virtual Job Shadow
  • BOXLIGHT Technology

West Carroll Special School District



STEM: Reflecting Real Life Careers

White County Schools



  • Certs for All
  • Pick A Path
  • Warrior Innovation Fab Lab

Wilson County Schools



Closing the Gap with CNA

This year’s Perkins Reserve Grant recipients submitted applications for programs, initiatives, and strategies that help to ensure their students succeed in exploring, choosing, and following a career pathway to success, whether by providing equitable access, aligned career pathways, high-quality learning experiences, or a combination thereof.

“Thanks to the Perkins Reserve Grants, Rutherford County Schools’ students will benefit from additional opportunities and support around career and technical education through industry certifications and CTE equipment, which is so essential to helping prepare them for future postsecondary and career success,” said Tyra Pilgrim, CTE director, Rutherford County Schools. “We appreciate the commitment of the Tennessee Department of Education to this critical work and keeping our state focused on education, skill, and workforce development.”

Applications were reviewed by a team of TDOE staff from the Division of College, Career and Technical Education and partners from the Tennessee Board of Regents. All applications needed to address at least one of the priority areas of the state plan - ensuring equitable access, aligning career pathways, and/or ensuring high-quality learning experiences, and the Regional Career Pathways application must also include a regionally focused secondary and postsecondary or workforce partnership.

More information on the Perkins Reserve Grant may be found here.

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