The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Tri-County Electric Cooperation and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization), recently awarded Macon County High, Red Boiling Springs High, And Macon County Junior High School, $2,500.00 for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education project.

The grant award is a part of $800,000 in competitive STEM grants awarded to nearly 200 schools across TVA’s seven-state service territory.

“By 2026 Tennessee is projected to need +29,850 STEM employees, which is a 21.6% increase from 2016”, said Marla Davis, Academic Career Coach, “Our hope is that by sparking curiosity in students early that they will enroll in high school coursework that will prepare them for one of these projected STEM careers”.

The project Macon County Schools submitted will purchase equipment that will be used to create website STEM career and programs of study. The content and videos will be used to provide more exposure for STEM career options to support students in finding a path to a STEM career.

Pictured left to right: Marla Davis, Academic Career Coach, Macon County Schools; Hope Green, Communications Assistant, Tri-County Electric; Tim Hughes, Program Manager, TVA; Kathy Cothron, CTE Director, Macon County Schools; and Tony Boles, Director of Schools, Macon County Schools.