School district receives $50,000 CTE grant

The Cheatham County School District is one of 96 school districts in Tennessee to have received a Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant through the Tennessee Department of Education.

The district will use $35,000 to purchase equipment for the new STEM-Engineering program at Harpeth High School, which is being taught by Becky Patenaude.

The courses affiliated with this program are Principles of Engineering and Technology, Engineering Design I, Engineering Design II and Engineering Practicum and/or AP Physics.

Additionally, the district will use $15,000 to assist with exam fees related to industry-recognized certifications in select Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses at our three high schools.

Among the certifications that students will be able to earn include Emergency Medical Responder and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.

This year, the Tennessee Department of Education awarded $3.7 million through the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant program.

The grants are awarded to districts to start and/or improve career and technical education programs, with priority given to rural areas of the state and areas with a large number of CTE students.