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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A better industrial work force for Tennessee may emerge from the new Governor’s School for Manufacturing at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a UT engineering professor said Monday.

The school gives 30 of the state’s best high school students an opportunity to study technology, engineering and business strategies for manufacturing, said Dr. Joe Iannelli, who heads the school which runs through July 13.

“These students are leaders in the classroom, and we hope to see them go on to be leaders in the state’s manufacturing work force,” Iannelli said.

“The school will help them do that by refining their ideas and concepts about manufacturing so they can better understand how businesses operate.”

Participants are chosen by test scores, essays and educators’ recommendations, Iannelli said.

Educational training and expertise will be provided by the Oak Ridge Centers for Manufacturing Technology, UT- Knoxville faculty and visits to Tennessee businesses, Iannelli said.

Scheduled field trips include tours of Phillips

Consumer Electronics Company in Greeneville, Saturn Corporation in Spring Hill and Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport.

Gov. Don Sundquist is scheduled to visit the students June 24, Iannelli said.

The manufacturing school is the newest of seven parts of the Tennessee Governor’s School program established in 1985. The program provides intellectual and creative challenges for outstanding Tennessee high school juniors and seniors.

Other areas studied in the program include arts, humanities, international studies, sciences, teachers and Tennessee heritage.

Contact: Dr. Joe Iannelli (423-974-4752)