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The objective of Tennessee LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) is to eliminate skill gaps across the state in a proactive, data-driven, and coordinated manner by encouraging collaboration across education and industry and by utilizing regional workforce data to identify and then fill skill gaps across the state. Tennessee LEAP will help ensure that our postsecondary institutions are producing the skills and credentials that Tennessee employers actually need. To do this, Tennessee LEAP will: Establish a Skills Gap Grant competition to provide $10 million in state funds to support local Drive to 55 alignment groups. These groups will be modeled after groups already succeeding in the state, such as Nashville's Skills Panel and the Department of Education-led Pathways to Prosperity. Local alignment groups will help develop skills gap forecasts, identify the highest priorities, develop programs or equipment needed to fill those gaps, and then submit applications for grants to help fund these programs. Led by a new State Director of Workforce Alignment, Governor Haslam's Workforce Sub-Cabinet, consisting of representatives from the Governor's office, industry, and key state agencies such as the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Department of Education, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Department of Economic and Community Development and others will meet regularly to review, select and support the grant recipients

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