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CCSD awarded grant to increase availability of industry-recognized certifications for students
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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Cheatham County students participate in an internship at TriStar Ashland City Medical Center.
Cheatham County students participate in an internship at TriStar Ashland City Medical Center.

The Cheatham County School District is one of 88 school districts in Tennessee to have received the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant through the Tennessee Department of Education.

The district will use the $12,000 grant to assist with exam fees related to industry-recognized certifications in select Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses at our three high schools: Cheatham County Central High School, Harpeth High School and Sycamore High School.

Among the certifications that students will be able to earn include Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Responder, Tennessee Specific Industry Certification Animal Science and Automotive Service Excellence Student Certification: Maintenance & Light Repair.

Industry-recognized certifications are a vital post-secondary offering for students who will have the opportunity to enter the workforce straight out of high school or as an augmentation to further education in either a trade school or university pathway.

The district also received $7,500 to allow CCCHS Mechatronics teacher Amy Herrin to receive the required certification to train and test students for the Level 1 Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistant Certification.

CCCHS was afforded the opportunity to incorporate a Mechatronics program in August 2017. The district launched the program with a $400,000 grant through the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP).

The Mechatronics program trains students in the manufacturing processes with an emphasis on skills in pneumatics, hydraulics, robotics, computer controls and preventive maintenance.