Johnson City Vocational School receives funding


The Johnson City Vocational School will receive $250,000 as part of a three-year partnership agreement between the Niswonger Foundation and Johnson City Schools. The funds will go toward the residential construction program at the school. The partnership is designed to provide enriched educational opportunities for local students and to help stimulate economic development in Johnson County.
   "We could not be more excited about this partnership," said Minnie Miller, Director of Schools. "Through the generosity of Scott Niswonger and the Niswonger Foundation, we will be able to expand an already exemplary residential construction program into a self-sustaining program with the capability of graduating students certified in masonry, wiring and carpentry."
   Miller says careful thought has gone into the terms of partnership. An emphasis was placed on learning opportunities for students and on helping to prepare them for occupations which are in high demand in the area.
   "We have lost local industrial jobs to the point we need to find a way to develop a new job source," Willie Hammons, Director of the vocational school, said. "Residential construction is growing not only in Johnson County but in surrounding counties as well. This program is one which can be expanded to produce students who can supply the growing demand."
   Beginning next year, funds from the partnership will be used to purchase materials, supplies and professional planning services to initiate a graduate expansion of the current program at the vocational school.
   "The Johnson County project is one of the most innovative and promising ideas we have seen," Greeneville philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger said. "It will give young people the skills they need for high paying jobs, allowing them to stay in Johnson County to build a brighter future for their schools and community."