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Workforce Essentials Awarded Grant to Assist Transitioning Soldiers!

2022-04-03T14:27:00-05:00September 28th, 2015|From the President|

The Tennessee Department of Labor has awarded Workforce Essentials a $245,000 grant to recruit and train transitioning soldiers to fill employment opportunities in Clarksville and Middle Tennessee! The grant is focused on separating soldiers that transition out of the service from Fort Campbell. Approximately 450 to as many as 600 soldiers transition out of the service each month. These soldiers serve as a vital labor supply to the energized regional economy where employers are challenged to fill technical positions and are seeking the work ethic and skills supplied by Veterans and transitioning soldiers.   In partnership with the local Chamber of [...]

New Members Appointed to the NTWB

2015-08-24T08:43:55-05:00August 24th, 2015|From the President|

As you are aware, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act began on July 1, 2015.  As part of the implementation process, our local County Mayors and Executives in LWDA 8 were required to appointment members to the Workforce Board to provide guidance and oversight. The purpose of WIOA is to better align the workforce system with education and economic development in an effort to create a collective response to economic and labor market challenges on the national, state, and local levels. The law stipulates that the Workforce Boards will maintain much of the same structures under WIA with the exception that [...]

Workforce Essentials’ Board Member Needs Your Support

2022-04-03T14:53:10-05:00July 21st, 2015|From the President|

A member of Workforce Essentials’ Board of Directors since 2010, David McCullough has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. The Cheatham County mayor has been an avid supporter of Workforce Essentials and is an outstanding leader in Cheatham County.  His chemotherapy treatments are scheduled to start this week. David stated in a local newspaper report, "The outpouring of love and concern has been a great source of strength. I have a lot to live for, and with the help of God, family and our community, I believe the battle I'm facing can be won.” As a community leader and public [...]

Inside Workforce Development

2021-08-13T10:47:10-05:00May 22nd, 2015|From the President, News|

Inside Workforce Development, a statewide summit hosted by the Tennessee Department of Labor was held on May 13-15 in Nashville. Commissioner Burns Phillips and Governor Haslam kicked the event off on Wednesday afternoon challenging summit participants to align partner programs and agencies toward the mission of integrating workforce development in Tennessee. Leading by example, the Governor's Workforce Sub-Cabinet, including Commissioner Randy Boyd (ECD), Commissioner Candice McQueen (Education), Chancellor John Morgan (TBR), Mr. Russ Deaton (THEC), Commissioner Raquel Hatter (DHS) and Commissioner Phillips highlighted the summit with an in-depth discussion on alignment and priorities of each Department toward the workforce. Especially exciting [...]

Delegation attends NAWB Conference

2021-08-13T10:47:30-05:00April 17th, 2015|News|

A delegation from the North Tennessee Workforce Board and Workforce Essentials attended the 2015 National Association of Workforce Board’s Annual Forum in Washington DC on March 28-31st.    The Forum, entitled Advancing Workforce Innovation, focused on the impending implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.    Several issue sessions were held to dive into deep discussion and direction on: 1) Developing career pathways; 2) Creating unified and combined strategic plans; 3) Putting business first; and 4) Meeting the needs of youth.  A highlight of the event was the presentation from the 26th U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez.  Secretary Perez (shown bottom [...]

North Tennessee Workforce Board Meets in Springfield

2021-08-13T10:47:45-05:00February 18th, 2015|From the President|

The North Tennessee Workforce Board conducted their first meeting of 2015 last week at Highland Crest College in Springfield, Tennessee.  The event was highlighted by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner, Burns Phillips who served as guest speaker.  Commissioner Phillips began by stating, “What a great story I have to tell”.  His story revolved around the efficiencies and effectiveness that have been created in the department over the last 18 months.  The Commissioner led the journey toward excellence by creating a culture of teamwork, innovation and problem-solving focused on identifying the cause of problem rather than treating its symptoms.  [...]

2015 Starts with an Honor!

2021-11-11T13:25:57-06:00January 12th, 2015|From the President|

2015 Starts with an Honor! Last Monday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced 17 public members who will serve on the new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Congratulations to Workforce Essentials’ own, Sharyn Hancock for being selected from hundreds of nominations.  Sharyn is the Director of the Disability Employment Initiative and the Ticket to Work Program for WEI.   She is an outstanding leader in the State of Tennessee regarding employment opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities. I congratulate Sharyn on this recognition and know [...]

2014 Ends with an Honor

2021-08-13T10:48:21-05:00December 23rd, 2014|From the President|

Wow….Can you believe that 2014 is coming to a close? I blinked once, and the year has gone.  Reflecting back over the last 12 months, it has been one of anticipation, excitement, and change for Workforce Essentials.  I commemorate the successful year by highlighting some of the memorable events: LWIA 8 was honored again as one of the highest performing Workforce Areas by earning the most incentive dollars in the State. Economic Development in the region captured attention with the announcements of Hankook Tire, Dal-Tile, and Beretta.  The Tennessee Department of Labor awarded WEI a grant to hire a Regional Workforce Development [...]

Out with WIA – In with WOIA!

2022-01-16T21:44:35-06:00June 12th, 2014|From the President|

After 10 years of continuing resolutions on the Workforce Investment Act, it finally looks like reauthorization is going to happen!  They said that the devil is in the details–Well, the full text of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is 811 pages worth of details! I’m just excited to see that a focus has been placed on workforce development in Washington. The bipartisan, bicameral deal should be voted on in June and enacted in 2015.  The following summary was prepared by the US Conference of Mayors and highlights the significant changes:  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Bill Details: Overall, the [...]

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Recognizes Locals

2022-04-01T16:34:02-05:00February 28th, 2014|From the President|

On February 13th, Pat Bleecker from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development attended the North Tennessee Workforce Board meeting to make two very special presentations. First on the agenda was the Jim Alford Award. Named in honor of former TDOL employee who managed employer grants, the Award is presented annually to an employer who has demonstrated the highest level of effectiveness and commitment in the Incumbent Worker Training Program. The GAP Inc., located in Sumner County, was selected as this year’s winner. The $20,000 training grant was used to train over 30 employees in new material handling technology to [...]

A New Year & A New Building!

2021-08-13T10:49:51-05:00January 21st, 2014|News|

Year 2014 is going to be one of excitement and change for Workforce Essentials.  The highlight will be moving into our new administrative headquarters and Career Center in the early summer timeframe. Many thanks are offered to the Board of Director’s of Workforce Essentials, who have invested heavily into the future of the company by providing the funding for this state of the art facility. The building is progressing nicely.  Old man winter is trying his best to delay our efforts with all of the rain and cold weather.  However, we hope to move in June so that everyone will be [...]

Ringing in a New Year

2021-08-13T10:50:09-05:00December 17th, 2013|From the President|

Out with 2013 and in with 2014; it is time to wipe the slate clean and set priorities for the New Year!  Two goals immediately rise to the top for me... Company Growth and Employee Satisfaction. Growth is important for the long term sustainability of the company.  With the uncertainty in DC regarding WIA funding and volatility within the State Department of Human Services, it is time to start looking for new and innovative programs and grants to sustain the company. That is why I recently visited Johnson City, TN to explore the possibility of a Youthbuild Grant.  Growth can take [...]

Annual Customer and Employer Appreciation Events Conclude

2021-12-12T18:07:28-06:00November 15th, 2013|From the President|

October ended with a hectic two weeks of activity including nine customer and employer appreciation events in nine days! What a great turnout we had! Over 550 customers, employers and staff attended the festivities.   The support from our Board, County Mayors & Executives, and the community was phenomenal.  The newspaper in Clarksville and Dover has already run fabulous stories on the winners.  Please be on the lookout for you your event in the paper too!   A highlight of the events happened in Dickson where the President of AT&T, Joelle Phillips presented a check for $50,000 in support of the [...]

Workforce Essentials recognizes Employees at Annual Event

2022-04-19T16:04:42-05:00October 24th, 2013|News|

Once a year, the offices of Workforce Essentials, Inc. close in order to recognize the outstanding achievements of our wonderful staff.  On September 13th, we were able to come together at Paris Landing State Park to network, learn, and rejuvenate through a full day of events focused on teamwork. This year, we were able to kick back and enjoy the “team” atmosphere while wearing our favorite team attire. The camaraderie really kicked in with Brother John OsWaltz’s version of Rocky Top!  However, after reviewing the survey, I quickly realized that the highlight of the day was motivational speaker, Lisa Smartt.  Through humor, [...]

Governor Haslam Announces New Program

2021-08-13T10:51:07-05:00September 19th, 2013|News|

Drive to 55 Mission: Workforce Ready On September 4th, Governor Haslam challenged our state with a critical new mission:  the Drive to 55.  No….It is not a driving program for mature workers. Statistics indicated that by 2025, 55% of the jobs in Tennessee will require a credential or degree beyond the high school level.  Currently only 32% of Tennesseans have achieved this academic success.  We lag behind the national averages in residents with higher education, ranking 42nd in working adults with certificates and degrees.  Tennesseans with a college degree or technical certificate increase their earning potential with each credential they obtain [...]

Programmatic and Fiscal Review

2021-08-13T10:51:32-05:00August 29th, 2013|From the President|

Have you ever felt like you are under a microscope?  Well, Workforce Essentials lives under one.  Compliance is a primary component of operating state and federal grants, which brings me to the point of the recent WIA monitoring conducted by the Program Accountability Review (PAR) team of the Tennessee Department of Labor. The PAR unit was on-site in Clarksville for a week to review 16 contracts and over $9.9 million dollars in grant funding.  I'm happy to report that after the intensive review, the PAR unit issued a "zero finding", clean report.  This is a compliment to the entire staff.  The Par team [...]

State Workforce Board Ppproves Plan

2021-08-13T10:51:44-05:00June 14th, 2013|From the President|

The State Workforce Board met on June 13 & 14 to review WIA plans for 2013-2014.  I'm happy to report that LWIA 8's plan was approved unanimously.  The approval comes two weeks after the State Board Planning Committee heard every local area present their plan of action for the upcoming year.  I had the opportunity to present the plan for Area 8. During the plan presentation, I highlighted the upcoming changes in the Career Center System, including the withdrawal of State Staff in Dickson, Franklin and Springfield.  I was able to reiterate that Workforce Essentials would be maintaining a WIA presence [...]

Workforce Essentials Prepares For Funding Cuts

2021-08-13T10:52:15-05:00May 17th, 2013|From the President|

It seems that everything is happening at one time.  The last quarter has not been particularly pleasing for Workforce Essentials.  It started with the Department of Education’s notification that they were eliminating their share of funding for the JTG program next year.  It has continued to go downhill from there.  USDOL issued draft allocations in March indicating that our WIA allocations may see as much as a $350,000 decrease.  The change of leadership at the Department of Labor, along with the release of the State Audit, seemed to bring a barrage of questions that the press has been focusing on.  However, [...]

Movement on WIA Reauthorization?

2022-06-20T10:29:13-05:00April 3rd, 2013|News|

We finally saw some movement on WIA Reauthorization from Congress. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce marked up and passed The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act (H.R. 803).  This is commonly referred to as the Fox Bill because a similar bill was introduced by North Carolina Representative, Virginia Foxx last year. The mark-up was not without controversy.  In an act of protest over the partisan nature of the bill, Democratic members of the committee walked out in protest during the hearing. The SKILLS Act would consolidate 35 programs including WIA Adult, Youth, Dislocated Workers, SCSEP, [...]

Promising Practices Conference 2013

2021-08-13T10:52:47-05:00March 8th, 2013|From the President|

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development recently hosted a conference which promoted the new concept of functional alignment in the workforce development system. The event, which was held at the Opryland Hotel, was designed to bring statewide job service and workforce development professionals together to learn about and discuss workforce innovation and promising practices. The concept of functional alignment was introduced in December when the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development merged its Job Service and Workforce Development programs to form the new Workforce Services Division.  According to Commissioner Karla Davis, the vision behind this alignment is to create [...]


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