Bradley schools awarded $4.5M federal grant

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) – A southern Tennessee school system has been awarded a federal grant of $4.5 million to prepare students for careers after high school.

Arlette Robinson, supervisor of the career and technical department for Bradley County Schools, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( that the four-year grant will be used to purchase equipment for programs in advanced manufacturing, information technology and health science careers.

School officials said the funds will make it possible for students to graduate with enough education, experience and skills in those programs to be successful in their selected career paths.

In addition to the equipment, Robinson said the funds will provide for career coaches and a workplace learning director. The grant also will allow the district to better coordinate career-driven academic programs.