Welding at JCHS Brings Governor Lee and Other Dignitaries

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee paid a visit to Jefferson County High School to help unveil a new state-of-the-art facility to train the next generation of industry workers.

Lee, along with State Representatives Andy Farmer and Jeremy Faison, County Mayor Mark Potts, Director of Schools Dr. Shane Johnston, JCHS Principal Dr. Scott Walker, School Board Members, County Commissioners, and other Jefferson County Leaders welcomed the community in to officially open a new welding training classroom.

Governor Lee, who comes from a skilled trades background, stated the importance of having a properly trained workforce. “We desperately need folks to have a pathway to success in our state, for vocational, technical, agricultural education. We’ve moved away from that for many many years, and it’s time that we move back toward that again.”

The new training classroom is in collaboration with Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Morristown, and will pave the way for students to learn a trade before even graduating high school.

“What’s happening right here is a dream come true to me” said Lee, “Even more, it’s a dream come true to kids who are going to train in this facility right here, and are going to have a pathway to success.”