State Representative Mary Littleton of Dickson has announced an award of $25,000 through private donors to the Tennessee Technology Center in Dickson. These funds will be used to support scholarships for recently unemployed residents in Dickson and Cheatham counties who have been adversely affected by the economy. The scholarships are designed to cover a year of tuition for individuals who have lost their jobs and need to be retrained in order to secure new employment. “Given the high stress from being unemployed, every opportunity must be made so that local families can meet their required expenses and get back into the workforce,” said Littleton. “I am happy to provide the scholarships so that individuals get the training or retraining they need in order to secure new employment and ultimately their families’ futures.” Recognizing the clear link between education and employment, Littleton is giving unemployed workers the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to win good-paying jobs in today’s economy. “These scholarships will help citizens of my district upgrade their skills as they prepare to re-enter a changing economy where employers are demanding more specialized skills and knowledge,” Littleton said. “A highly skilled workforce is key to retaining and attracting employers who want to grow their businesses in our community.” Littleton began her first term in the Tennessee House of Representatives from the 78th District last week.