Grainger Today Correspondent
WASHBURN – Every student at Washburn High School and nearly half of the students at Grainger High School who took the industrial electricity exam after completing the course this month earned 100 hours of credit for future study at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Morristown.
Lisa Setsor, coordinator of technical education for Grainger County, said seven students completed the test at Washburn. She said 21 took the test at Grainger High and 10 attained a score to receive the maximum credit.
She said the course was established in response to input from area industry leaders who indicated that skills taught in this type of course are most needed in the current labor market.
Chris Edmonds, LEAP project manager at TCAT in Morristown, said, “The courses have been a great success because of funding and support provided by the LEAP grants. Students are gaining knowledge of the skill sets required by those working at the advanced manufacturing facilities located in the region while earning postsecondary credit at the technical colleges. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”
Setsor also praised the efforts of students and teachers in the course.
“Students and teachers are to be commended for their hard work and willingness to learn new skills. Our electricity teachers, Mike Watson, Rick Johnson and Mike Blocker have spent five or more days in each of the last three summers training with the TCAT instructors in Morristown, along with additional days of training during the regular school year.”
Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin said, “When we first started our LEAP program in 2015, the initial focus was to get equipment into our schools and teachers trained to teach courses in high schools aligned to the electricity courses at TCAT. We are proud that our goals have come to fruition in our school system, and many students are earning TCAT credit hours while attending Grainger and Washburn High Schools.”