Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray, in his quarterly report to Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, made reference to efforts to keep Middle Tennessee State University's presence in Shelbyville.
Asked on Wednesday about those remarks, Ray said that MTSU would like to see higher student numbers, including more Bedford County students, at Middle Tennessee Education Center, the facility operated by MTSU and Motlow State Community College in the county-owned Bedford County Business Complex on Dover Street.
"People are just not stepping up and taking advantage of it," said Ray, who said discussions have been ongoing with MTSU officials about the right programs to place at the facility.
"We're trying to find the key classes," he said. He noted the recent addition of agriculture classes at the site.
Ray said that only three of 10 available scholarships were awarded this year.
Ray said that Jostens is now offering to pay for its employees to take classes at MTEC.
Ray said that the presence of MTEC in Shelbyville is an asset to the county and hopes the area will do more to support it. He said perhaps the City of Shelbyville and the county could cooperate on setting up a scholarship fund for local students.
"It helps our entire community," Ray said.
More information about MTEC is available at http://www.mteducationcenter.com/ or by calling 685-4444.