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Tennessee Career Awareness Design Workshop Invitation – Calling ALL Employers, Educators, Community and Government Leaders






Elizabethton Star – May 7, 2017

We received word yesterday afternoon from the Tennessee State Economic and Community Development Community Development Director, Ms. Jody Sliger, asking us to get the word out about the Workshops invitation below.

“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continues to make significant investments in the state of Tennessee to help build a demand-driven workforce system and prepare youth and adults for careers in high growth, middle-skill occupations. Part of this investment includes the development of a visually-engaging and information-packed career resource that provides guidance for job seekers, students, career counselors, and incumbent workers. This interactive resource will explain the in-demand industries across Tennessee, showcase in-depth information about jobs, career paths, education & training options and more. It will also visualize the connection between relevant education and career pathing, and contribute to increasing student retention and completion. When career paths are clear, students and workers are more likely to engage as they are equipped with the knowledge they need to take meaningful career action.

The state of Tennessee is a high priority for Gates and the team convened for these working sessions are key stakeholders who will provide project support and guidance to the design of this career resource. The project is fully funded by Gates and there is no cost to participate. Your advice and guidance are needed to achieve the most successful outcome.

The project will kick off with a series of Design Workshops from May 15 – May 19, 2017. At each session workforce experts from the private and public sectors along with experts from higher education will come together to dig deep into a number of topics that will help determine the final direction and overall success of the project. We are looking for participation from employer, education provider, community based and government connections in each region, with up to 10 contacts from each organizational group; 40 – 60 total at each workshop. At this session, we will cover topics such as:

  • Career Resource: definition, benefits and process
  • Project Roles: how each stakeholder will participate
  • Industries: confirming the in-demand industries to be featured on the tool
  • Focus: the specific industry needs we are solving for and what we want to accomplish
  • Audience: who we are targeting with this resource
  • Communication Channels: how we will reach those audiences
  • Existing Resources: solutions, content, outreach and initiatives that should be included

An outcome of these Design Workshops will be a working Project Charter which will serve as a record of objectives and outcomes, and ultimately guide the development of the career resource.

What’s in it for you?

An educated and available workforce is essential to meet the needs of Tennessee’s in-demand industries. We’ve all been working toward this end. Let’s come together to build unified support and partnerships to assist with improving the availability of the statewide and regional workforce. A number of solutions currently exist aimed at addressing education and workforce challenges.

This new resource will focus on career exploration, the relationship between education & training and in-demand jobs, career pathing and communicating the right employer messages to students and job seekers. It will effectively market the relationship between education and career pathways, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of everyone’s efforts. This project gives us the opportunity to leverage collective impact to build and source a robust candidate pipeline.

Your contributions to this workshop are essential to developing a broad-based solution. Please respond to inform us of your attendance. Additional background and preparation material will be forwarded to you after you confirm your participation.

Workshop Details:

We will host four workshops across the state. Please RSVP by clicking on the link listed below for the session that works best for you; we hope you can join us!


West Southeast Northeast Middle
Location Jackson State Community College Tennessee Career Center Walters State Community College Columbia State – Williamson Campus
Date Monday, May 15 Tuesday, May 16 Wednesday, May 17 Thursday, May 18
Time 10:00am – 2:00pm 10:00am – 2:00pm 10:00am – 2:00pm 10:00am – 2:00pm
RSVP  Jackson  Chattanooga  Morristown  Nashville


For additional questions please contact Lewis Brown – The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) at or 303-804-4673.”

Please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 423-542-1801 if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you. My office is located at 801 East Elk Avenue, Suite 201 located in the County Courthouse in Elizabethton. I have an open-door policy and everyone is always welcome.

Leon Humphrey

Carter County Mayor