Senator Mark Norris
9A Legislative Plaza,
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0232
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Labor Day and the week following presented opportunities for state and local officials to explore what can and is being done to fill jobs that are available but for which trained workers are in short supply. The LEAP program, enacted earlier this year, was our focus in West Tennessee as Governor Haslam ramped up the Drive to 55 with an event in Nashville on September 4. LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) will not only lay the foundation for the cooperative effort of government, higher education and businesses looking for skilled workers for purposes of providing on-the-job apprenticeship training, but it will enable job training to be compensated without interfering with the student’s financial assistance. The cooperative training will count as part of an approved curriculum toward a meaningful certificate or degree, effectively enabling Tennesseans to simultaneously work, earn and learn. These initiatives were discussed during “A Conversation about Work” at the University of Memphis and in the community at Hi-Speed Industrial Service in Millington where on-the-job training is taking on new significance.