Chattanooga area school districts are among the recipients of Tennessee Department of Education grants focused on STEM and career and technical education in middle schools and high schools, according to a news release Friday.

The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded start-up grants to fund middle school career and technical education (CTE); science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and the expansion of equitable access and participation in early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs). 

“The sooner we can introduce valuable career and technical skills to students, the better prepared they are to enter the workforce when they graduate,” said Gov. Bill Lee in a statement. “I’m pleased to see these grants are being delivered and I am incredibly optimistic about the impact they will have on Tennessee’s kids.”

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