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From The Top: 3,000 - The Chamber's New Favorite Number



 
Ask our members what’s a priority for their business, and I guarantee you a qualified workforce will be a top answer. We made incredible progress toward this request when the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) was launched in November. The GMACW has committed to support our goal of providing skilled training for 3000 individuals this year. Three thousand new skilled workers in Memphis will have an immediate and direct impact on our goal to reduce the unemployment rate and increase the number of middle class jobs in the Greater Memphis Area.

In fact, we have a dedicated team working directly with our member companies to determine their workforce needs and communicating those needs with the GMACW to make sure training is adapted and their students have jobs upon graduation or certification.

And all of this becomes more achievable through some strategic education campaigns by the state of Tennessee. In addition to the nationally recognized Tennessee Promise, Governor Bill Haslam announced Thursday, April 9, at the Smith & Nephew Global Distribution Center the launch of Tennessee Reconnect, an initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.

Beginning in fall of 2015 the Tennessee Reconnect grant will provide eligible adults the opportunity to earn a diploma or certificate at a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) free of tuition and mandatory fees. Simply put, if you’re an adult in Memphis, you can attend a TCAT for free. Potential applicants must sign up for the TN Reconnect Grant before May 15, 2015.

Tennessee Reconnect – and its sister program Tennessee Promise – provide so many opportunities for Memphis citizens, and I believe it is vital for the business community to show our support for these programs as they support and supplement the GMACW. Both programs make “3,000” a possibility by allowing adults and high school graduates to receive free education and making Tennessee the only state with free K – 14.

That means 3,000 (or more) individuals will have quality jobs next year, breaking the cycle of poverty and growing the middle class in Memphis. And that’s an outcome we should stand behind. 


Phil Trenary
President & CEO
Greater Memphis Chamber
Posted: 4/15/2015 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
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