Department of Labor Grant Programs

In 2013, Southwest Tennessee Community College was awarded three U.S. Department of Labor grants to assist training Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) eligible workers, veterans and others in the fields of advanced manufacturing, process control and logistics management. Southwest received a total of three grants, a single grant and two consortia grants. Receipt of these funds will allow Southwest to better respond to the critical needs of Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties for a trained workforce with industry recognized credentials, certificates and degrees that will contribute to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 Initiative.

Advanced Manufacturing Mechatronics and Quality Consortium (AMMQC)

Southwest's AMMQC grant will enhance regional economic development by providing employers with workers that have proven training, skills and knowledge for a sector that is integral to dynamic regional growth. The following credentials offer highly sought after skills needed for the medical device community in this area. We have worked closely with their advisory board Greater Memphis Medical Device Council (GMMDC) (opens new window) to identify the skill sets needed in this industry.

For additional information visit the Mechanical Engineering Technology website, email Alicia Pickens-Smith at or call 901-333-4333.

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Southwest's SOLUTIONS grant has unveiled a new, cutting edge program in Industrial Process Control Technology. Approved to start during the Spring 2016 semester, this program offers a technical certificate and two degree tracks for Process Control and Maintenance Technicians.

For additional information visit the Industrial Process Control Technology website, email Jaleesa Ivy at or call 901-333-4846.

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Mississippi River Transportation Distribution and Logistics (MRTDL)

Southwest's MRTDL grant has enhanced the existing Advanced Integrated Industrial Technology program with a focus in industrial motion control equipment. This grant will introduce a new technical certificate to add Industrial Technician skills needed for working with equipment used in a distribution, warehousing, or manufacturing environment to move product and robotics/conveyor maintenance.

For additional information visit the Advanced Integrated Industrial Technology website, email Demetrius Lovette at or call 901-333-4053.

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Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW)

In 2015, Southwest was awarded another U.S. Department of Labor grant designed to help qualified workers enter into the medical device industry, welding, and advanced manufacturing. The programs listed below are non-credit courses and currently no cost to students.

For additional information email William "Taylor" Tagg at or call 901-333-4845.

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Industrial Readiness Training (IRT)

IRT is a four and half week program designed to prepare individuals for jobs in local manufacturing and industry. The training teaches and measures foundational technical, academic, and interpersonal knowledge and skills that have been identified by local industry leaders as critical to long-term employee success.

For additional information visit the IRT website, email Kim Barnett at or call 901-333-4316.

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