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Tennessee to Add College for Applied Technology at Planned Ford Plant

Ford's depiction of Blue Oval City
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Ford's depiction of Blue Oval City

The planned multi billion dollar Ford manufacturing complex in west Tennessee will also include a new Tennessee College for Applied Technology. Governor Bill Lee announced the plans Tuesday on the heels of a joint announcement from Ford and SK Innovation to build what’s being called the Blue

Oval City which will construct the electric F-150 Lighting truck and batteries. “This partnership between the state and ford will create another avenue for tennessee workers to skill up and settle down with a great american company,” said Lee.

The new college for applied technology will provide training developed in conjunction with Ford and SK Innovation focusing on electric vehicle and battery manufacturing and repair with the curriculum concentrating on mechatronics engineering and automechanics.

Chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regents Flora Tydings said this program will aid in employability for TCAT students. “We are extremely excited to be working alongside Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation in changing lives and the landscape of Tennessee,” said Tydings.

The $5.8-billion investment from Ford and SK Innovation is set for completion in 2025 and projects to create 5,800 jobs. Apartner facility is planned for central Kentucky.

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Station Manager in 2016.
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