Levi-Strauss Foundation announces grant

ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ   MOUNTAIN CITY -- The Workforce Development Partnership and Champion Community Board of Johnson County are pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 grant from the Levi-Strauss Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.
   The grant money will be endowed to the East Tennessee Foundation of Knoxville to begin an "Education Growth Scholarship Fund" for residents of Johnson County. This "seed money" will create an avenue of funding to assist in residents attaining higher education. The county of Johnson County has pledged an annual donation of $2000 to the program. Other pledges of donations have already been received from private donors as well as those wishing to leave money from their wills or in the form of honors, or memorandums.
   This group is currently funded by a Workforce Development Grant from the Levi-Strauss Foundation and has been able to open a Career Center Affiliate Site in Mountain City, housing staff from the TN Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development and The Alliance for Business and Training. The group has also established college-level classes being taught at the Career Center's classrooms. Northeast State Technical Community College offers classes for an AS -- General Studies or AAS -- Business    Management degree through the college's Next Step Program. Tennessee Technology Center - Elizabethton currently offers an LPN Nursing program and Business Systems Technology Program.
   Plans are to begin a second Business Systems Technology night class, as well as an ICD-9 Medical Coding class. A Web site has been developed by ETSU as a part of the Strategic Planning process and when established will connect to various helpful links, including workforce and economic development, educational and tourism Web sites.
   Johnson County job seekers as well as employers have been utilizing the Career Center Services and appreciate the convenience of having these services and educational opportunities offered locally as well as having a One-Stop to address their workforce development needs.
   Curtis Sluder is the County Executive of Johnson County. Hampton native Melanie Shepherd is the Workforce Development Facilitator who submitted the scholarship grant proposal and coordinated all the above efforts. For more information call Melanie at 727-1718 or e-mail: mshepherd@ab-t.org