The Bradley County Schools system will be awarded a $4.5 million grant under a federal program aimed at coordinating education with work and career opportunities, according to a White House news release.
Bradley is among 27 districts nationwide that will be awarded a total of $107 million in grants under Youth CareerConnect, a collaboration between the U.S. labor and education departments to "integrate rigorous educational standards with work experiences and skills in ways that enhance instruction and deliver real-world learning opportunities for students," the release said.
President Barack Obama will announce the grants today at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md.
The Bradley system was among just three in the South to receive the award. The others were the Laurens County School District in Clinton, S.C., which was awarded almost $6.9 million, and the Putnam County Board of Education in Eatonton, Ga., which received $2.4 million, the White House news release stated.