ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

More skilled labor is headed to Tennessee, with a partnership between the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and a national organization.

The college will be validating job skills like working with electrical multi-meters, and hydraulic machinery.

This type of skilled labor pays more than other jobs.

News 5 spoke with John Lee, an instructor at the college of applied technology in Elizabethton, about why skilled labor is important to the region.

"It's a nationwide certification and we're trying to ensure that our youth in America's new work force understand all of the new equipment that's out there, and how to use all the functions on that equipment," says Lee. "The equipment is very expensive, and we want to make sure they can test and diagnose things properly."

The program fits into Governor Bill Haslam's "Drive for 55."

Haslam's goal is to see 55 percent of Tennesseans with some type certification or degree after high school.