Senator Mark Norris
9A Legislative Plaza,
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0232
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September 4, 2015
Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day is a good time to reflect on our progress in workforce development in Tennessee. Unemployment is down, and prospects for new employment opportunities are up.
A good example occurred today with the arrival of modern day technology in Tipton County.
Thanks to the generosity of Bodine Manufacturing of Jackson, Tennessee and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Georgetown, Kentucky, automotive technology students at Covington’s College of Applied Technology will have 21st Century technology with which to learn.
Toyota donated a 2013 Toyota Camry and a 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid to TCAT Covington, and the vehicles were received at a ribbon cutting ceremony we were excited to attend.
Putting Tennesseans to work means more than just finding a job these days. It means making sure we have the skills necessary to do the jobs that are available including those in advanced industries and manufacturing.
Covington TCAT’s program teaches current methods of servicing and maintaining today’s automobiles. Students receive practical experience using computerized engine testers, front-end alignment machines, brake repair equipment, and other specialty machines.
There are approximately 2750 automotive service technicians and mechanics working in West Tennessee today. The demand is growing and will increase by nearly 1,000 in the next 7 years.
The most modern car TCAT Covington had until today was a 2003. That wasn’t good enough given automotive advances during the last decade.
Tonight, TCAT Covington has new technology to offer its students. They’ve truly moved into the 21st Century thanks to Toyota.
Thanks to everyone for working together for the promise of a more prosperous tomorrow in Tennessee this Labor Day and every day as we proceed.