Bedford County Schools receive $260,000 grant for secondary healthcare studies

In partnership with Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)

Shelbyville and the Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership, Bedford County Schools (BCS) is the

beneficiary of a $260,641 grant to outfit an allied health laboratory classroom at Community

High School. This grant is a result of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s recent announcement of

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.

“When the new wing at Community High School is completed, we will have a fantastic learning

lab setup for students interested in an allied healthcare career,” said BCS CTE Director and

Supervisor of Secondary Instruction Lori Sexton. “This lab will feature three hospital rooms with

all the features of a functional hospital space. This will expand the opportunities for our medical

therapeutics students who are exploring healthcare career options and will allow for them to

continue to grow in these fields of study.”

Sexton also explained that this will give greater exposure to more students pursuing medical

careers, not just nurses or doctors. Students will also have the option to dual enroll at TCAT and

complete pre-requisite classes required to enter their practical nursing program and then

transition to either East Tennessee State University or Motlow Community College to pursue a

degree in nursing that culminates in either a Registered Nurse (RN) or Bachelor of Science in

Nursing (BSN).

The partners in making this grant a reality according to Sexton are TCAT Shelbyville President

Dr. Laura Monks and Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership Director of Existing Business

Development Kelly North. TCAT Shelbyville will serve as the grant’s fiscal agent and order the

laboratory equipment, and the Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership will serve as the lead entity and

project director.

Several Bedford County organizations have agreed to job shadowing, tours, classroom

professional speakers, student internships and teacher externships as part of this grant. In

addition to TCAT Shelbyville and Shelbyville-Bedford Partnership, these organizations include

Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital and the Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County.

“We are beyond excited for the incredible opportunity this will bring to our BCS students

pursuing healthcare careers,” commented BCS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tammy Garrett.

“While we currently have HOSA programs in each of our high schools, this takes it to a new

level. Without this grant, we would not have been able to enhance hands-on learning at this high

of a level.”

Since creating GIVE, Gov. Lee’s first legislative priority, he has invested $50 million in the

program to support rural workforce development through 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 27 projects funded statewide in this second round serve all

economically distressed counties and 25 of the 30 at-risk counties in Tennessee.

“Rural workforce development has been one of my top priorities since day one,” said Gov. Lee,

“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.”

Bedford County Schools is a district of fifteen schools committed to the academic and personal success

of each child and serving over 8,800 students.

Will Rabb

Will Rabb

Will is a Middle Tennessee native having been born and raised in Winchester. His love of radio began as a child listening to local stations on the way to school or while falling asleep at night. After High School, where he was active in student media, he attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media while covering sports for the campus radio station. He then moved into the business professionally as a board op/producer for Cumulus of Knoxville and the Vol Network. His radio journey then took him to Louisiana where he was the lead producer for ESPN New Orleans. After returning home to Winchester, he spent several years broadcasting local sports for stations in Franklin County before joining the Bowman Family. When he’s not at the station, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Shaina and his two fur babies (Toulouse and Belle), cheering on the Vols, Preds and Saints and in the kitchen or behind the grill trying out new recipes.

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