Our Smyrna Adult Education location has changed addresses! You will now find them at 663 Ken Pilkerton Drive in the TCAT building.
Workforce Essentials Operating on a Two-Hour Delay (02/04/22) Due to inclement weather conditions, Workforce Essentials in Clarksville is on a two-hour delay. The office will open at 10:00 am on Friday, February 4, 2022.
Offices Closed Due to Weather (01/06/22) Due to inclement weather, the offices of Workforce Essentials and the American Job Centers will be closed on Thursday, January 6, 2022. However, virtual American Job Center services may be accessed at www.tnvirtualajc.com. All testing services are canceled on Thursday, including drug & alcohol and HiSet.
Offices Closed Due to Weather (01/07/22) Due to inclement weather, Workforce Essentials offices and the American Job Centers will be closed on Friday, January 7, 2022., Virtual American Job Center services may still be accessed at www.tnvirtualajc.com. All testing services are canceled on Friday, including drug & alcohol testing and HiSet. We hope everyone has a happy and safe snow day!
Governor Lee just announced the closure of state offices in middle and west Tennessee again tomorrow. The American Job Centers and Workforce Essentials will be closed to in-person services on Friday, February 19, 2021. However, our American Job Centers will be operating virtually to support your workforce needs. Click here to access AJC virtual services at or call your local center at one of the numbers listed here. All employees will be working virtual where possible. Testing services are canceled on Friday including drug and alcohol and HiSet.
Due to inclement weather, the offices of Workforce Essentials and the American Job Centers will be closed on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. However, virtual American Job Center services may be accessed at www.tnvirtualajc.com. All testing services are canceled on Tuesday, including drug & alcohol and HiSet.
Due to inclement weather, the OSHA COVID Citations class scheduled for this afternoon (2/11/21) is rescheduled for February 23. Please check your email for more details.
Fort Campbell Soldier Transition Program Highlighted in Washington Staff members John Clement, CW3 (R) and Charlie Koon were asked to present at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Veterans conference last week in Washington, DC. The conference theme was “Serving Those Who Served,” which reflects the commitment and dedication to honoring the men and women who have defended our country, along with supporting their families. l-r : John Clement, Fort Campbell Soldier Transition Program Coordinator, Workforce Essentials; Linda Rouse, Veterans Program Manager, Iowa; Paul Stephens, Chief, Veterans Services, Oklahoma; Charlie Koon, Director of Workforce & Economic Development, Workforce Essentials; [...]
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS-SNAP) held an Inter-Agency Regional Meeting this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting was designed to bring together leadership and program staff from the state agencies operating TANF, Child Support, Child Welfare, Runaway and Homeless Youth, Workforce and SNAP programs across the southeast United States to share innovative strategies and updates related to partnership, program implementation, and collaboration. The theme of the event was “Building Effective Partnerships Utilizing Customer-Centered Approaches to Strengthen [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
The Workforce Essentials Board of Directors met by conference call last Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Madison Street Church of Christ property which they purchased earlier this year. The original plan was to renovate the property and co-locate the Tennessee Career Center and Workforce Essentials’ Administrative office on the site. However, after hiring an architectural firm and obtaining estimates on the renovation work, the Board began contemplating if remodeling was the most efficient and cost effective approach. Remodeling an older building is like getting a facelift, you might look good for a while, but you still have an old building when [...]