Ford plans to build a workforce development curriculum for Blue Oval City

As Ford Motor Company charted plans for a $5.6 billion electric vehicle and battery campus at the Megasite of West Tennessee, one priority became clear — a trained workforce ready for the assembly line.

To meet that need, the Detroit automaker hopes to roll out a special curriculum for K-12 and engineering students that focuses on the skills needed to manufacture electric trucks and batteries, Lisa Drake, Ford’s head of North American operations, said Tuesday during an interview with The Tennessean. .

Ford announced its West Tennessee investment in late September. Governor Bill Lee, who called it “the largest single investment in the state’s history,” held a special session soon after for lawmakers to approve an $884 million package to help sweeten the deal.

The project, which could bring in about 5,800 jobs, is expected to start in early 2022 and be completed by 2025.

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