From the President

Workforce Essentials Wins 2018 Top Workplaces Award

2021-05-17T18:20:58-05:00July 2nd, 2018|From the President|

Workforce Essentials, Inc. has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Tennessean. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. “Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and [...]

Governor Haslem Signs realignment of Workforce Areas

2022-01-16T21:36:34-06:00May 30th, 2018|From the President|

On May 24th, 2018, Governor Haslem signed off on the recommendation of the State Workforce Board to realign the existing Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA). This game-changing movement marks the first time the local areas have been realigned since the late 1990s. The State Board began reviewing the structure of the areas in February when Grundy County requested to move to LWDA 5 to align with the economically thriving Chattanooga region. This prompted the Board to wonder if it would make more sense for the Workforce areas to align with the Job Base Camps of the Tennessee Department of Economic and [...]

WIOA/ TAA Services to Employers Conference 2018

2022-01-17T09:34:16-06:00April 5th, 2018|From the President|

Andrea Dillard and I were asked to present at the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development WIOA/ TAA Conference held in Nashville this week. On Wednesday, we presented a total of five sessions. Over 200 workforce development professionals across Tennessee, as well as representatives from Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina, were on hand to learn more about the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. Andrea and I had the opportunity to share with the group our experience in Robertson County when the Sensata plant closed. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development selected Workforce Essentials to pilot a partnership [...]

WE are Family!

2021-05-17T18:29:42-05:00March 1st, 2018|From the President|

It is hard to believe that we are two months into 2018 already!  With the implementation of two new contracts and multiple changes occurring in the WIOA Title 1 program, I created the slogan, #WEPositive2018 to emphasize an optimistic attitude and approach toward our work.  It seemed only fitting with the numerous challenges that we are facing, that we tackle our tasks with enthusiasm and a “can do” positive attitude in order to achieve our performance goals. Little did I know that I would be dealing with my father’s sickness and death in just over 30 days after the start of [...]

U.S. Army Recognizes Montgomery County with Partnership Award

2022-04-03T14:13:24-05:00February 6th, 2018|From the President|

I recently had the very distinct honor of traveling to Washington, DC on behalf of the American Job Center and other Montgomery County dignitaries as well as the Fort Campbell Garrison Command. The article from the Leaf Chronicle is below: “Fort Campbell and Montgomery County, Tennessee live side-by-side as neighbors and partners. On December 4, Montgomery County was of only seven Army communities worldwide to be recognized in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Army with an Army Community Partnership Award – an award that celebrates partnerships that enhance Army readiness and strengthens community bonds. The award, presented by the Under Secretary [...]

Performance and hard work pays off!

2017-11-02T13:12:57-05:00November 2nd, 2017|From the President|

The Tennessee Department of Human services recently selected Workforce Essentials’ proposal to deliver Families First services in Middle and West Tennessee.  The procurement process saw competition from local and national workforce agencies.  Congratulations to Natalie McLimore and the entire WorkFirst Team!  Natalie’s outstanding leadership as well as her awesome grant writing skills garnered high scores from the review team.  We also know that none of this would be possible without the experienced and professional staff (you!) that actually delivers services to our customers and their families in the 2Gen model! The three year contract begins January 1, 2018.  Not only will be [...]

The American Job Center partners to assist transitioning soldiers to obtain careers in advanced manufacturing

2022-04-01T16:53:00-05:00May 5th, 2017|From the President|

FT. CAMPBELL, Kent. – LIFT - Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a Manufacturing USA national innovation institute — in partnership with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Amatrol, Gene Haas Foundation and the American Job Center in Clarksville — today announced the launch of “Operation Next” - a new model for equipping separating military personnel with the skills and credentials needed for the most in-demand advanced manufacturing civilian careers in the country. This new national model provides high level technical training to separating soldiers while they are still on active duty, moving them from deployment to career in the shortest time [...]

Workforce Essentials visits Jacksonville for SETA Conference

2022-04-19T16:06:33-05:00April 10th, 2017|From the President|

Board members and staff of Workforce Essentials recently attended the Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA) Spring Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.  The conference highlighted innovative and best practices associated with the delivery and administration of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Highlighting the four-day conference was John Clement and Charlie Koon, as they presented on the “101 Jobs for the 101st” program. They engaged audience members with an on-line polling survey during the presentation; as well as communicated the mission of the Veteran focused program that helps train and connect transitioning soldiers and their spouses to meaningful employment in the middle [...]

Clarksville AJC featured on Workforce GPS

2017-03-08T14:18:55-06:00March 8th, 2017|From the President|

Training and technical assistance is vitally important as we implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration has development a portal of resources available for state and local workforce agencies to utilize called WorkforceGPS.   ( An innovative approach to training, Workforce GPS features WIOA Wednesday which is an interactive webinar that features a specific WIOA topic. The Clarksville American Job Center (AJC) was selected to present on March 1st to a national audience! The topic for discussion was Implementing Comprehensive, Affiliate, and Co-location Requirements Uder WIOA. Description: This webinar highlighted key Workforce Innovation and [...]

Governor’s Conference Celebrates Team Tennessee!

2016-11-04T15:16:24-05:00November 4th, 2016|From the President|

EVERY TEAM NEEDS A GAME PLAN! #TeamTN Gov. Bill Haslam and TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd, along with  state and local officials, business executives, and economic & workforce development professionals convened last week in Nashville to learn more about Team Tennessee’s innovative game plan and strategy to make Tennessee the number 1 state in the southeast in new job development. The two-day agenda was packed with valuable information on recruitment of new industries and featured recent announcements of Stony Creek Colors and Lowes Fulfillment Center in Robertson County.  In addition to recruitment, rural development was a hot topic in which the Tennessee [...]

Workforce Essentials celebrates success by challenging staff to TRY DIFFERENT, NOT HARDER!

2022-04-03T15:10:35-05:00October 14th, 2016|From the President|

Workforce Essentials held its annual staff development and training at Old Glory in Clarksville. The event, organized to celebrate employee successes in 2015-2016, encompassed a theme to Try Different, Not Harder. A great time was had by all, as we welcomed our new Adult Education District Staff and paraprofessionals to the event for the first time.  The theme represented embracing change within the organization. Karl Schoemer said it best in his book, “In the old environment, there was time to adjust. People had the chance to get comfortable and to work through their resistance to changes occurring around them.  Now, in [...]

Workforce Essentials Named Top Workplace in Tennessee!

2022-04-19T16:03:24-05:00August 3rd, 2016|From the President|

The Tennessean has recognized 70 Companies and Organizations in Tennessee as Top Workplaces 2016.  Top Workplaces are not only better places to work but are more likely to be successful than peer organizations. I am delighted to let you know that Workforce Essentials has been named to the list! The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee survey that many of you completed several months ago.  Kim Robertson began working with Workplace Dynamics LLC, an independent research company, in mid February as they started the third party survey process. The Top Workplaces evaluation is completed [...]

Charlie Koon Recognized as Middle TN Employee of the Year

2021-12-12T18:35:35-06:00February 26th, 2016|From the President|

Charlie Koon, regional workforce development coordinator for Clarksville-based Workforce Essentials Inc., has received the state's Outstanding Workforce Services Employee Award for Middle Tennessee. Each year the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development/Division of Workforce Services and the State Workforce Development Board recognize three "Outstanding Workforce Services Employees" representing West,  Middle and East Tennessee for the program year from July 1 to June 30. The award is given to an employee, in each of the three American Job Center partner regions, who "through their exemplary work has best displayed outstanding service to their customers." "Consideration was given to attitude, initiative, exceptional [...]

Workforce Essentials Recognizes Employees

2015-11-23T09:44:27-06:00November 23rd, 2015|From the President|

The Discovery Park of American was host for Workforce Essentials annual Employee Training and Recognition Program this year. Focusing on the discovery of excellence, Board Chairman Roy Apple and the management team recognized employees that went above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding services to our customers. While it is a difficult task to select just one winner per category, this year’s outstanding employees are listed below: I continue to offer my congratulations and appreciation to not only the winners but to all of the outstanding employees of Workforce Essentials.  I know that we will DISCOVER many more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


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