TN Governor & local mayors announce new training in trades for Shelby County School students


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Shelby County Schools students who want to learn a trade are getting a big boost.

Tuesday morning, Mayor Jim Strickland, along with Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Governor Bill Lee, and others announced a new program for Shelby County Schools.

Working with the Tennessee Home Builders Association, two schools will give students opportunities to get needed training to receive certificates in trades.

The plans are going into place, because according to SCS Superintendent Joris Ray and others, a four-year college degree isn’t the thing every student needs.

“This partnership is going to help us give students in all areas the opportunity to get high-wage, high-skill jobs,” says Dr. Ray.

Two Shelby County Schools will offer the programs next year. The plan is for these educational opportunities to go statewide.

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