BY SARAH GREGORY
A request to approve the Greene Technology Center to serve as a satellite of the Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) in Morristown has been approved.
The Joint Board of Education was informed Monday evening by Greene Technology Center Principal Jerry Ayers that the request was approved by the State Board of Regents early this month.
Ayers said he, Dr. Tammie Feathers, and Wayland Seaton, traveled to the Morristown center on April 10 to confirm specifics of the partnership with Morristown TTC Director Lynn Elkins.
Further meetings with TTC leadership are planned.
The Greene Technology Center aims to offer three TTC classes beginning in the fall 2013 semester -- Welding, Machine Tool, and Industrial Electricity.
"We need a minimum of 10 students in each program to have a class," Ayers said.
He added, however, that class sizes should likely not exceed 20 students because of the equipment needed for each course.
Ayers said Technology Center staffers are compiling a list of high school seniors set to graduate this year as well as recent graduates from the last two years.
The hope is to contact those students to identify individuals who may be interested in taking the courses to earn certifications.
The classes "will also be open to local adults in the community," Ayers added.
Graduating students are first in line to get into the program because of the year- to year-and-a-half delay in getting into the Morristown program, Ayers said.
KICKOFF IN WORKS
Ayers said plans are in the works with the Greene County Partnership for a kickoff meeting to be held at the center to celebrate the new partnership with the Morristown TTC.
Details are not finalized, but Ayers said he hopes some of the key players from the Morristown TTC will be able to visit the Greene Technology Center for the event and meet local business and industry leaders.
MORE WORK TO DO
Ayers says progress is being made toward preparing for the courses, but there is still much to accomplish before classes can start.
"We have a lot of work to do on the Industrial Electricity part," he noted in particular.
"We have to hire a teacher, we have to remodel the area and change it from Carpentry over to Industrial Electricity -- before fall," Ayers said.
"We've got a lot to do. It's going to be a very busy summer," he added.