Business, Competitiveness, Education, Workforce

New Industry Certifications & WBL Grants

Last week, in response to input from the business community the Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced 21 new industry certification options for Tennessee students in order to prepare them for the state’s most in-demand industry sectors.

These new additions bring the number of recognized industry certifications up to 80, with 46 of them being aligned with specific CTE programs of study. 

Read more about the new certifications here

See a list of the 2018/2019 promoted industry certifications here

 

The Department of Economic Development also made a significant workforce development announcement when they released 10 work-based learning grants totaling $250,000.  These grants were awarded to LEAs in order to “promote community-led work-based learning to improve career awareness and readiness of students and improve local/regional talent pipeline.”

Second round winners included:

  • Anderson County Schools – Anderson County
  • Oak Ridge Schools – Anderson County
  • Claiborne County School District – Claiborne County
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools – Davidson County
  • DeKalb County Board of Education – DeKalb County
  • Dyer County Schools – Dyer County
  • Dyersburg City Schools – Dyer County
  • Hamblen County Schools – Hamblen County
  • Marion County Board of Education – Marion County
  • Monroe County Schools – Monroe County

In January, 29 first round recipients won grants totaling more than $710,000 top expand work-based learning efforts in their schools and communities. The Roundtable was pleased to participate in the review of applications, and congratulates all first and second round winners.

Education, Workforce

TN ECD Apprenticeship Listening Tour

Our Roundtable is partnering with the TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development (ECD) this spring to engage with employers on apprenticeships throughout Tennessee.  This partnership with ECD is one of the principal ways in which our Roundtable is actively pursuing the following objective during 2018:

To secure the skilled and productive workforce needed to sustain and grow Tennessee’s economy, TBR actively supports innovative collaboration between businesses, governments, schools, and communities to create and improve Early Post-Secondary Opportunities (EPSOs), work-based learning programs, and apprenticeship programs that are strongly aligned to our state’s current and future workforce needs. 

Beginning at a series of regional two-hour sessions at five locations this month, ECD, TBR and other partners will engage stakeholders to:

  • Develop a shared understanding of the value of apprenticeships in workforce development;
  • Inventory existing apprenticeship efforts;
  • Identify and develop apprenticeship best practices; and
  • Achieve consensus on how all TN stakeholders will work together to increase the quality, value and availability of apprenticeships in our state.

The ECD Apprenticeship Listening Tour schedule:

  1. TCAT Smyrna – Tuesday, March 13, 9:30-11:30am CDT
  2. Jackson State Comm. College – Monday, March 19, 9:00-11:00am CDT
  3. Southwest State Comm. College, Memphis – Monday, March 19, 2:00-4:00pm CDT
  4. RCAM, Kingsport – Tuesday, March 27, 8:30-10:30am EDT
  5. TCAT Athens – Tuesday, March 27, 2:30-4:30pm EDT

Action Steps for TBR Members & other interested organizations:

  • See today’s TN ECD Press Release (below; also attached PDF) for additional details.
  • Click HERE to complete your complimentary registration for a tour session near you.
  • Save the Date:  TN ECD’s Apprenticeship Summit – Tuesday, May 22, Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge, Nashville
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News from TBR: 2018 Annl. Mtng. Highlights; Haslam 2018 Legislative Agenda

Haslam, McQueen, New Members Highlight TBR 2018 Annual Meeting

 Governor Bill Haslam received TBR’s Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award at our Annual Meeting. TBR’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to bestow on him our Roundtable’s highest honor, which has now been awarded only six times since its inception in 2008 and is now named after longtime TBR member leader Gordon Fee.

  • In his acceptance remarks, Gov. Haslam told TBR’s business leaders that the most important thing they can do to ensure lasting educational progress in Tennessee is to “keep on doing what you’re doing”—providing a voice for Tennessee’s business community in support of education and other policy improvements.
  • TN Dept. of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen updated Annual Meeting attendees on Tennessee’s progress in implementing her department’s strategic plan for K-12 education, TN Succeeds.  Click here to view/download Commissioner McQueen’s update.
  • Eight of TBR’s newest members were welcomed and recognized by TBR Officers and members at a pre-meeting dinner on Jan. 31, and at the start of Feb. 1’s Annual Meeting:
  • TN Higher Education Commission Exec. Director Mike Krause talked with Annual Meeting attendees on the topic of Building the Workforce of 2025Click here to view/download a copy of Mr. Krause’s update on TN’s public higher ed system.
  • TBR’s 2017 Chair Margaret O. Dolan (President & CEO, LocalShares, LLC, Nashville) was recognized for her leadership of our Roundtable during a year of significant change in 2017, highlighted by the addition of ten new TBR members and the Roundtable’s very successful Gubernatorial Round-Robin event last September.  Click here if you’d like to add your own thanks to Margaret.

Following State of State Address, Haslam Announces 2018 Legislative Agenda

Key Initiatives:  College Completion; Juvenile Justice; UT Board Reform; Combating Opioid Abuse

Press Release (2/4/18):  https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2018/2/4/haslam-announces-2018-legislative-agenda.html

Gov. Haslam’s Final State of the State Address Focuses on Jobs, Education, Gov’t Efficiency

Gov. Haslam’s Final State of the State Address Focuses on Jobs, Education, Gov’t Efficiency

Nashville Post:  Haslam gives final State of State address   

Tennessean/Gannett:  Gov. Bill Haslam challenges Tennessee to lead nation in jobs, education in final State of the State address

Associated Press:  In address, Haslam challenges Tennessee to ‘be the best’  

“I’m asking you to stand with me to ensure that we don’t back up now. Not now. Not this year. Not next year. Not ever.”

–Governor Haslam, during his State of the State address, calling upon the General Assembly to sustain the state’s progress on education.

Link to full video of Gov. Haslam’s Jan. 29, 2018 State of the State Address

Education, Leadership, Workforce

Tennessee Business Leaders Honor Governor Bill Haslam with Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award

Haslam Becomes Just Sixth Leader Recognized by Roundtable for Education Contributions to Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam (left) on Feb. 1 received the Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award from 2018 Tennessee Business Roundtable Chair Anthony Kimbrough (right), CEO of Farm Bureau Health Plans.

On Thursday, February 1, 2018, the Tennessee Business Roundtable (“TBR”; “the Roundtable”) presented its Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award to Governor Bill Haslam at its 2018 Annual Meeting, in recognition of Haslam’s enduring contributions toward excellence in public education throughout his tenure as Tennessee’s Governor.

“This is only the sixth time our leadership has voted to bestow this award since its creation in 2008,” said 2018 TBR Chair Anthony Kimbrough (CEO, Farm Bureau Health Plans, Columbia, Tenn.).  “It’s one thing to be a voice for education, as most political and community leaders claim to be. It’s quite another to pair the voice with real and lasting action. Governor Haslam has done exactly that, and the list of accomplishments during his tenure as governor will help re-write the history of education in our state.”

Above: TBR Chair Anthony Kimbrough presents Governor Haslam with the Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award.

Right: Governor Haslam addresses TBR’s 2018 Annual Meeting after receiving TBR’s Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award.

During his tenure as Governor, Haslam has prioritized education reforms year upon year.  After launching the Drive to 55 initiative, aimed at increasing the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials, Haslam spearheaded the Tennessee Promise and Reconnect initiatives, which have respectively expanded the financial resources available to Tennessee’s traditional students and adult learners in pursuit of postsecondary credentials.

“Under Governor Haslam’s leadership, Tennessee’s public education systems have implemented a range of innovative programs that are now getting more of our students better-prepared for today’s workforce,” said Gordon Fee, the longtime education advocate and TBR leader from Oak Ridge, Tenn. for whom the Award is named.  “These programs are clearly making a difference. I can think of no one more deserving of this Leadership in Education Award than Bill Haslam.”

"It’s one thing to be a voice for education, as most political and community leaders claim to be. It’s quite another to pair the voice with real and lasting action. Governor Haslam has done exactly that."
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Anthony Kimbrough
TBR Chair

Other successful Haslam administration education initiatives include the SAILS program to reduce the need for remedial math classes, Read to be Ready to boost 3rd grade literacy, and revised Tennessee Academic Standards which raise expectations for students across the state.

“Governor Haslam applied incredible insight in first recognizing that sustaining the success of our state’s economy and communities requires a much greater rate of post-secondary attainment among Tennesseans, then developing a well-designed plan to meet that need—the Drive to 55 initiative,” said Margaret O. Dolan (President & CEO, LocalShares, LLC, Nashville, Tenn.), TBR’s immediate past Chair.  “The strategic integration of the Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, AdviseTN, and other components give more Tennesseans real opportunities to attain postsecondary credentials, no matter their age, life stage, or financial situation.  Governor Haslam has made this work to boost economic prosperity for all a priority throughout his service to our state.”

ABOUT THE GORDON FEE LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION AWARD

The Roundtable’s Leadership in Education Award is named for Gordon G. Fee of Oak Ridge, Tenn., a longtime member of the Roundtable and champion for public education. Fee is a past President of Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and plant manager of the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge. The award serves as an ongoing tribute to Fee as the Roundtable’s longest-serving Education Committee Chair from 1992 through 2015.  In this capacity, Gordon tirelessly championed the Roundtable’s education initiatives by serving in many leadership roles, including being the first volunteer executive in the State Department of Education.

Prior recipients of the Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award include:

  • Gordon G. Fee, retired President, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, 2008
  • Michael Edwards, President/CEO, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • Governor Phil Bredesen, 2010
  • Richard Montgomery, former TN St. Rep. and TN House Education Chairman, 2012
  • Randy Boyd, CEO, Radio Systems Corporation, 2014
Gordon G. Fee
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UPS wins US Chambers’ Best Health and Wellness Program
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AT&T Responds to DOJ’s Challenge to Merger with Time Warner
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The UPS Foundation to Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants
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Business, Competitiveness, Policy, Taxes

Tennessee Business Roundtable Calls for Pro-Business, Pro-Worker Federal Tax Policy Reform

Executive business group names Hamilton-Ryker co-founder McCreight to chair Policy Committee

Nashville, TN, October 24, 2017:  The Tennessee Business Roundtable (TBR) today joined a growing chorus of pro-growth organizations in calling upon the 115th Congress to enact meaningful federal tax reforms that deliver real relief to Tennessee businesses and wage-earners.

The Tennessee Business Roundtable favors changes to our nation’s current tax system that promote the growth of Tennessee’s economy, and the well-being and success of Tennessee families. Continue reading

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