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TCAT readies assistance with recruitment
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A push to make Tennessee more appealing to relocating or expanding businesses is underway. Three representatives from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology have taken a TNTrained program. Pictured, from left, are Machine Tool Technology instructor Randy England, TCAT president Warren Laux, and Industrial Maintenance instructor Rodney Baker with their certificates of completion. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Tennessee College of Applied Technology is preparing itself to assist in Tennessee’s jobs recruitment efforts.

A joint venture with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Tennessee Board of Regents is called TNTrained. The program strives to create a unified, statewide approach to recruiting and retaining businesses and jobs for Tennessee by providing professionals in the state’s higher education system and state agencies with a common knowledge base of practices, strategies and skills in working with businesses interested in coming to or expanding in Tennessee.

TNTrained brings three important state branches together in the jobs recruitment effort, those being the Tennessee Economic and Community Dev-elopment, Tennessee Department of Labor, and Tennessee Board of Regents.

TCAT president Dr. Warren R. Laux was one of 74 individuals to complete the first class offered in early 2018.

“I was privileged to be in the inaugural TNTrained class,” said Laux. “I like this program because it brings all the pieces together. It’s not a fractured approach. My goal is to be able to have every one of the instructors go through this class, if they work in one of the fields or just have an interest in it. If there’s an interest, I would certainly support it. A well-understanding staff is very important.”

Industrial Maintenance instructor Rodney Baker and Machine Tool Technology instructor Randy England completed the fall session.

“When a business is looking to expand, they typically look at different locations,” said Baker. “Most states have land to offer new businesses and this is an important part. However, more than that, companies need a workforce, both laborers and skilled labor. With the training provided in our workshops during the session, we learned where to get the information and the best practices for putting a presentation together in order to attract new business.”

The class taken by Baker and England offered in-depth information in five target areas: 1) Chemical Manufacturing; 2) Electrical Equipment and Appliance Manu-facturing; 3) Food and Beverage; 4) Aerospace and Defense; 5) Manufacturing and Ceramic Products.

The 40-hour session also included four distinct steps for managing a program for a company: consult, design, implement, and evaluate.

There are 27 Colleges of Applied Technology and 13 community colleges under the Tennessee Board of Regents.