Rep. DesJarlais Delivers Remarks Promoting Bridgestone-North America
June 18, 2013
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to celebrate and promote the work that is being done in Tennessee's Fourth District by Bridgestone-North America, Motlow State Community College, members of the local manufacturing community, and local and state governments.
Our economy is hindered by a skills gap that hurts both the businesses that need well-trained workers and those workers looking to better themselves and their families.
Seeing this problem, five years ago, Motlow Community College's President Mary Lou Apple set out to erase this skills gap.
A mechatronics program was brought to Rutherford County which combined mechanical, electrical and computerized curricula to allow local high school students the opportunity to gain high-demand skills in manufacturing, health care and financial industries.
I recently toured the Bridgestone-North America facility to see how these students are graduating high school not only with college credit and technical credentials, but most importantly, real world experience.
I look forward to the great work this program and its students will continue to accomplish in the future and I yield back.