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Building Tomorrow's Workforce

 

In 2015, The Pathways to Prosperity Network* conducted an asset mapping of Rutherford County that provided baseline data to enable the development of a strategic plan to support the identified high growth, high demand jobs that are projected through 2025.  The asset map revealed that stakeholders in Rutherford County from across education, business, and government are working to build grades 7-14 career pathways, aligned with the Pathways Tennessee framework and strategic plan, that support young people in the county in attaining their educational and career goals. Key sectors for building pathways aligned with labor-market demand were also identified and include the following 5 STEM fields; advanced manufacturing, construction, health care, information technology and supply chain management.


Rutherford Works Workforce Development serves as the intermediary for work aligned with Pathways Tennessee and the Pathways to Prosperity Network in addition to directing the strategic plan highlighted in the graphic below.
 

This work is guided by 4 strategic levers:

CAREER EXPLORATION

CAREER EXPLORATION

Students in the middle grades, supported by teachers, counselors and advisors, are exposed to a wide range of career options and the correlating courses of study in high school and local post-secondary education. Employers support career exploration activities at school facilities.

EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT

EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT

Employers are committed to providing a continuum of learning opportunities at the workplace throughout the 7-14/16 pathway. Employers and educators commit to sharing resources, such as equipment, expertise, and tuition assistance. Employers support students’ transitions into the workforce by providing a range of activities such as tours, career events, onsite training opportunities and mentoring. Employer engagement activities take place on or around the worksite.

WORK BASED LEARNING

WORK BASED LEARNING

Students are translating classroom theories into practical application on the Job through relevant work experience provided by employers in our focus sectors. Experiences such as internships, apprenticeships, paid work experience and a high school capstone course, allow students to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in the workplace. Activities take place in both the school and workplace.

CAREER PATHWAY DEVELOPMENT

CAREER PATHWAY DEVELOPMENT

With leadership provided by focus sector councils, secondary and post-secondary education partners are working to establish seamless 7-14/16 career pathways with clear structures, timelines, costs, and requirements linking and integrating high school and post-secondary curriculum and aligning both with labor market requirements. The pathways include multiple entries and exit points along the way. Post-secondary partners are providing dual enrollment opportunities for the focus sector pathways and seamless articulation to post-secondary education, facilitating the opportunity for students to graduate from high school with an industry credential and some college credit.

 

Click on the blue boxes below to learn more about the Rutherford Works strategic plan and initiatives.

Click here to read the full strategic plan including projected outcomes.

Industry Certifications and Dual Enrollment/Stackable Credentials Rutherford Reconnect TN Promise High School Senior Hiring Event The Work Ethic Distinction Program Practicums High School Internship National MFG Day Teach Ready Conference Health Care Education Week National Trades Day Career Pathway Partnership Code Camps Career Pathway Partnership 8th Grade Career Fairs