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LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow


Manufacturing firms in Tennessee employ nearly 350,000 workers and contribute 16% to the Gross State Product. To support this important industry, a priority in Tennessee is the creation of a statewide, comprehensive structure enabling students in Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology and community colleges to participate in technical training developed with input from area employers. Tennessee’s commitment to enhancing career pathways into manufacturing is exhibited by Governor Haslam’s leadership in the Drive to 55 Alliance – a collaboration of private sector partners, leaders and non-profits working together to ensure that at least 55% of Tennesseans have a college degree or certificate by 2015. Get Involved

Governor's Initiative

Tennessee Governor Haslam has challenged his state with a critical mission: the Drive to 55 – the effort to get 55% of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025. He considers it not just a mission for higher education but a mission for Tennessee’s future workforce and economic development. The goal of the Drive to 55 Alliance is to help generate greater private sector awareness, ownership and support for the long-term steps needed in college entry and completion, adult education and training, and identifying and closing skills gaps to better prepare our workforce and our state for the future. While the Alliance will actively support all facets of the Drive to 55 initiative, it will focus initially on the successful launch and implementation of the new Tennessee Promise scholarship program that provides two-years of tuition-free community or technical college to Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015.