McMinn County’s largest employers are Japanese-owned - Denso Manufacturing and Waupaca Foundry (a Hitachi Metals Corp), so it is important that Japanese-speaking families have educational opportunities for their children. At this time, McMinn County does not have a Japanese school locally, but as the Asian population continues to grow we anticipate the need for a local school will be required. Currently, the school of choice is
The East Tennessee Japanese School at Maryville College is located within 37 miles from McMinn County in Maryville, Tennessee, where Denso has another manufacturing facility. The school educates both Japanese and non-Japanese students age 10 and up in Saturday School format.