20 Year Celebration with Major Announcement

2021-08-13T10:58:48-05:00July 31st, 2012|News|

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 [...]

Workforce Issues Happening on the Hill in Nashville

2021-08-13T10:58:32-05:00May 1st, 2012|News|

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.  [...]

Veteran’s Town Hall Meeting

2021-08-13T10:58:18-05:00April 20th, 2012|News|

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 [...]

Job Hunting Requires a Good Resume and Interview Skills

2022-04-01T16:00:53-05:00March 19th, 2012|News|

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 [...]

Balancing the Budget

2021-08-13T10:57:28-05:00March 5th, 2012|News|

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 [...]

Breaking the Mold!

2021-08-13T10:56:51-05:00February 14th, 2012|News|

Breaking the Mold! If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got!  Breaking the mold is something that Workforce Essentials has always been willing to do and this time it's no different.  Treva announced last week that an exploratory committee has been formed to investigate the concept of cross training between WIA, Families First, and Business Services. In an effort to maximize efficiency and eliminate burdensome silos, the group will explore multifunctional staffing in the nine workforce area.  The process is being enhanced by the fact that soon we will have a common data [...]

2012…Back to the Basics after 20 years!

2021-08-13T10:56:36-05:00January 23rd, 2012|News|

As 2012 gets underway, I am sure many of us have looked back on 2011 as one of challenging times for our company and the public workforce system as a whole.  The lingering effects of the recession have continued to impact so many that we know and see in the career centers every day.  In spite of this, we have persevered and continued to deliver quality services. So what does 2012 hold? Probably more of the same, this means that we really have to strive to perform at a high level and continue to focus on dotting the “I’s” and crossing the “T’s”.  [...]

American Jobs Act – How Would it Affect Us?

2021-08-13T10:56:01-05:00September 22nd, 2011|News|

Were you able to catch the President’s speech when he revealed his American Jobs Act? Well if you didn’t, the $447 billion plan is designed to create jobs by helping small business entrepreneurs, by investing in education, and by simply putting more people back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans. Without getting into the merits, skepticism, or politics of the plan, I think it is still important to know what is in it and how it might affect what we do. The Plan has Five Key Components: 1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire [...]

Department of Labor Begins Top-to-Bottom Review

2021-08-13T10:55:45-05:00July 22nd, 2011|News|

Governor Haslam has asked the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, along with all other state agencies to conduct a top-to-bottom review of their operations as a first step toward creating a leaner and more efficient, effective, and accountable government. The ultimate goal of the review is to identify opportunities within the Agency to be more effective, efficient, and flexible across individual functional areas including organizational structures, business processes, and staff competencies. The Department of Economic and Community Development was the first agency to complete their review which resulted in ECD Commissioner, Bill Hagerty and the Governor to announce the Jobs4TN [...]

NAWB’s Response to Critics: Time to Ax Federal Jobs Programs

2021-11-15T10:57:24-06:00July 5th, 2011|News|

There are four job seekers to every job vacancy and over 13.9 million unemployed in the worst recession that the U.S. has seen in generations; yet, recent critics have expressed strong opinions about axing federal employment and training programs. Why? In summary, these critics contend that 1) programs are wasteful and don't fill any critical need that private markets can't fill in the modern economy; 2) in spite of high unemployment there is little use of the 3,000+ offices across the country that house these programs; and 3) job seekers rely on the Internet and other private sector companies that replicate [...]

WIA Reauthorization

2021-08-13T10:54:58-05:00July 1st, 2011|News|

Hold your horses……There has finally been some movement on WIA reauthorization! The Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee recently released a draft version of the reauthorization bill. The bipartisan effort focuses on updating and improving the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) at a crucial time for America’s workforce. I commend the Senate’s effort to address the needs of our workforce especially in emerging careers in high-demand and high-growth industries. We need to be strengthening the workforce development system in order to better prepare our workers for productive careers in the knowledge-based economy. WIA was originally passed in 1998 to unify [...]


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