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Core Principles

We believe our state succeeds when Tennesseans are equipped with the knowledge, skills and credentials they need in order to succeed in our workforce.

We aspire to create a Tennessee in which at least 55% of working-age adults possess a post-secondary credential by 2025.


Council Chair

Ken Collins
Site Manager

Our Roundtable leaders seek to ensure that Tennesseans can acquire the knowledge, skills and resources they need in order to excel in the occupations that are critical to our state’s economic success.

Child Care

For many Tennesseans, child care is a critical resource enabling their participation in our state’s labor force. Working-age parents need access to affordable, quality child care services in order to pursue post-secondary training and education, and to join and to advance within Tennessee’s workforce. Our Roundtable’s employers also recognize that the success of our future workforce depends on providing quality early childhood education opportunities to the next generation of Tennesseans.

The Roundtable identifies and creates opportunities to collaborate with other intrests on initiatives which support and strengthen the development of Tennessee's workforce.

Our Work

TN Reconnect

The Roundtable Foundation received a $350,000 grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help adults “Reconnect” to finish college degrees. Due to this grant, 64,094 adult Tennesseans visited the TN Reconnect website and 8,509 visitors got information and personal assistance toward re-enrollment.

Work-Based Learning

In 2016, the Roundtable convened a statewide Summit meeting of 140 business and education leaders to discuss the use of Work-Based Learning (WBL) at the high school level as a way of enriching the talent pipeline into high-need industries across the state.

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