Drivers Ed classes in Clarksville and Springfield will begin on a one-hour delay. Classes will start at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
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 [...]
Workforce Essentials had another successful Employee Awards program and retreat on August 9th at Montgomery Bell State Park. Focusing on professionalism and customer service, I believe everyone learned something that will make them a better person and employee. I know that I did. Hats off to our speakers, Emily Ellis and Linda Henley-Smith. They both had positive messages that reinforced the work that we do every day. I hope that everyone has taken the opportunity to read Professionalism is for Everyone. It is a wonderful, simple read. I particularly liked the Dos and Don’ts: Do: Serve Others Find ways to be [...]
On July 11, Workforce Essentials celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a lunch at the Nashville City Club. In recognition of the seven individuals that have been with the company throughout its history, Board Chairman, Roy Apple praised the work that has been accomplished over the years. For 20 years of service Chairman Apple and Mayor Holt presented the honorees with a Seiko watch. Congratulations to: Jane Bagwell Phyllis Copenhaver Andrea Dillard Robin Dunn Michelle McCaleb Kim Rye Marla Rye Workforce Essentials made a major announcement in July regarding the purchase of property in Clarksville. The Leaf Chronicle reported: Clarksville-based Workforce [...]
Have you heard that welfare recipients will have to be drug tested to keep their benefits in Tennessee? Well that’s not the case yet, but a modified bill is being sponsored by Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville. Originally the proposal called for welfare applicants that had been convicted of using drugs within five years to be tested. However, the attorney general ruled that it was constitutionally suspect. Under the amended version, new welfare applicants would undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, then the applicant would be drug tested. DHS will be responsible for developing the screening tool. [...]
U.S. Representative Blackburn and U.S. Representative Roe held a Veteran’s Town Hall Meeting to highlight organization and agencies that support our former military personnel last Friday. Workforce Essentials' President Marla Rye was selected to give a brief overview of the Clarksville/Montgomery County Career Center. Others that participated with the Congressmen were: Kim McMillan, Mayor, City of Clarksville Carolyn Bowers, Mayor, Montgomery County Brigadier General Jeffrey N. Colt, Deputy Commanding General 101st Airborne (air Assault) Colonel Paul R. Cordts, Commander, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY Harold T. Riggins, III, Transition Services Manager, Fort Campbell Army Career and Alumni Program Juan [...]
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — A successful job search, especially in this economy, begins with a neatly prepared resume and polished interviewing skills. With the local unemployment rate still hovering near 9 percent, you want to be at the top of your competitive game in this labor market. Deniece Thomas with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Career Center says that, first and foremost, you should be truthful when writing a resume. Stretching the truth can come back to haunt you in many ways. “Don’t over-exaggerate your experience,” Thomas said. “Quantify. Instead of general statements, be specific. “‘Increased sales’ is dull in comparison to ‘Increased sales [...]
The Workfirst TN program has been an exciting and challenging program for the last 4 ½ years. It began with the uncertainty and fear revolving around the new performance-based contracting methodology. As expected, the Workforce Essentials staff rose to the expectations and quickly adapted to the new methodology. It wasn’t long before we moved up the WPR charts and were in the elite ranks! All aspects of the company grew tremendously over the life of the grant and adapted quickly to the expanded scope including the administrative and performance management departments Over the last nine months, we have anticipated the future [...]