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Volunteer State Community College - The Business & Industry Institute at Volunteer State Community College offers a comprehensive selection of services to meet business and professional development needs. With over thirty years of hands-on experience developing and directing training programs for business and industry and other agencies, they will assist with developing training content and outcomes specific to your company’s needs. Guided by the College's mission of providing innovative quality educational and training programs in response to the ever-changing needs and interests of a diverse and dynamic community and developing workforce, the Institute brings up-to-date training to you at affordable prices. Select from basic, essential core of topics -- on ground or online classes -- or customize your training program at your site or on campus to meet the specific needs of your business culture, number of employees, schedule, learning styles, and priorities whether you need a half-day, one-day, one-month, or one-year training program.
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
The TSBDC offers:
Charles Alexander, Director
Tennessee Scholars Program - Tennessee Scholars is an education initiative sponsored by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, business and industry of Tennessee, policy makers, educators, and parents. It is part of the National State Scholars Initiative that includes over 20 states. The Tennessee Scholars program is a rewards and recognition program for high school students, led primarily by each local Chamber of Commerce or Education Foundation. The students are rewarded as they complete a rigorous curriculum and reach a high level of skill in several areas so they are ready for the labor market or higher education.
Ruth Woodall, Director
COMPASS - Community Outreach Making Partnerships At Sumner Schools is a county organization created to promote student success and strengthen public schools by developing partnerships between the business community and Sumner County Schools. Partners are businesses, organizations, churches and individuals giving their time, money and/or resources. It provides an opportunity for local businesses and industries to get involved in local education in innovative and creative ways.
Educate & Grow Sumner County is a local scholarship program created by the Sumner County Board of County Commissioners as an outgrowth of the Tennessee Scholars Program to cultivate and maintain a qualified workforce for Sumner County businesses. Sumner County students who meet the Tennessee Scholar requirements are eligible for funding of four semesters of tuition and fees at Volunteer State Community College. The program is administered by the Sumner County Compass organization.
Debra Maggart, Interim Executive Director
Sumner County Schools - The Career & Technical Education Division of the Department of Instruction works with high schools and middle schools to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal policies and guidelines that govern CTE programs. The goal of CTE is to provide programs that give students opportunities to gain skills and competencies needed to transition from high school into a career, community college, technical school, the military, or four year colleges and universities. It is critical in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation, and leadership development in an applied setting. Program areas include: Agriculture, Business Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences Education, Marketing, Technology Engineering and Trade and Industrial.
Ellis Hollerman, Vocational-Technical Education Supervisor
Work-Based Learning - Businesses can partner with Sumner County Schools in a win-win program called ‘Work-Based Learning’ (WBL). WBL provides special needs students an opportunity to experience a variety of job skills at community work-sites while still in school, increasing choices for future career goals as they plan to transition into the adult world and become contributing members of society. These non-paid placements have been designed to comply with the Fair Labor Standard Act. Liability insurance is carried through Sumner County. Transportation and an educational assistant from the school will accompany students to the community site to assist in training as the student learns about your job requirements and practices.
Neil Laffely, Transition to Work Consultant
Workforce Essentials, Inc. is a partnership of private and public resources providing business and individual training programs to the Local Workforce Investment Area #8 in the state of Tennessee, which includes Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner & Williamson Counties. They provide the following services:
Phyllis Copenhaver, Director
Sumner County Career Center - Each Tennessee Career Center offers computerized labor market information, internet access, workshops, an on-line talent bank, in addition to job placement, recruitment and training referrals.
Phyllis Copenhaver, Director
TN Technology Center at Hartsville - Tennessee Technology Centers have been provided in all sections of the state of Tennessee. Their purpose is to meet the needs of residents of the State for occupational and technical training preparatory for entry into business and industry. The Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville is a public, post-secondary educational Tennessee Board of Regents institution, dedicated to WORKFORCE development. The Technology Center is committed to providing opportunities for Tennessee adults to expand career horizons through quality technical education and to provide needs-centered training and qualified entry-level personnel for area business and industry. The Technology Center maximizes access through open-entry, individually paced instruction and placement support while keeping pace with rapid technological change in demand occupations through continual upgrades of curriculum and equipment.
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