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Chamber joins in TCAT & Industry Week

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Tommy Gentile, director of training and development for FRANKE Management, was on hand representing local industry during the recent TCAT and Industry Week event held at TCAT Shelbyville. He was also joined by Debra Smith, president of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and assistant dean of Career and Technical Programs at Motlow in Fayetteville, to discuss the importance of the partnership between Motlow and TCAT.

In an effort to increase high schoolers knowledge and participation in technical career paths, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and industry recently teamed up with The Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Board of Regents to host TCAT and Industry Week.

Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Bedford and Franklin counties’ chambers were represented at TCAT Shelbyville to highlight partnerships with local TCAT’s and discuss career opportunities that are currently available.

High school counselors were invited to visit local campuses to learn about the programs offered and the benefits for students who attend.

At each TCAT, school counselors had the opportunity to hear from TCAT Shelbyville President Laura Monks, members of the local or regional chambers of commerce, local business and industry representatives and others. Information regarding the types of programs offered, the career options and placement services available to current and former students and specific wage potentials associated with these professions was shared.

The purpose of this event was to learn more about the TCATs and the value they bring to Tennessee, both in terms of the Drive to 55 and the future of our workforce and economy.