Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Sewing Training Academy has opened in East Nashville at 1210 Davidson St.
According to a release, CCofT, Nashville Fashion Alliance and Nashville/Smithville-based Omega Apparel Inc. have collaborated to oversee the academy, which is expected to yield workers for the city's burgeoning fashion industry.
"I am ready to put the graduates to work," said Dean Wegner, Omega Apparel president/CEO. "Within five years, this initiative could easily add 1,000 new jobs to the local economy."
The Frist Foundation, the Memorial Foundation and other benefactors provided start-up funding for the academy.
"The Sewing Training Academy is a wonderful example of a public/private partnership that will prepare Middle Tennesseans for skilled, well-paying jobs supporting the local growing creative economy," said Bill Sinclair, executive director of Catholic Charities.
The academy will offer three-week courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, with classes to be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays.