Friday, April 25, 2014 · 12:36 a.m.
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TVA gave Chattanooga State money to fund tutors to help students with engineering technology. (Photo: Contributed)

Leaders with TVA gave Chattanooga State Community College $5,000 to pay for engineering tutors, which will help create a skilled workforce to support local companies.

“Engineering technology programs are demanding,” Lulu Copeland, manager for technical training with the Chattanooga State engineering technology division, said. “The programs are intended to meet the needs of our industry partners and eventual employers of our graduates. The assistance of tutors is needed to ensure the success of our students.”  

TVA’s $5,000 grant will help make tutors available five days a week at different hours for different subjects.

Leaders with Chattanooga State’s engineering technology division aim to design programs that meet the needs of local employees, such as TVA, Wacker, Alstom and Volkswagen.

A recent report from Robert Half International, a staffing agency that has Chattanooga offices, revealed that, despite the attention to the high unemployment rate, some employers can’t find workers with the needed skills.

“High general unemployment is obscuring the fact that specialized talent is in short supply, leading to candidate shortages—especially in technology and finance,” according to the report from Robert Half.

In March, CNNMoney reported that some U.S. manufacturers are searching for skilled workers outside the United States because they can't find them in America.

So, training programs at companies such as Volkswagen and Wacker are helping train the local workforce.

Volkswagen has an automotive mechatronics program and trains employees through the Volkswagen Academy.

Leaders recently celebrated the opening of the Wacker Institute at Chattanooga State Community College.

Students of the institute learn the skills needed to make polysilicon, which is the raw material used in solar panels.

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