Three local leaders have been selected for a national program on career readiness. Across the country, eight counties were chosen for the National Association of Counties “Counties for Career Success” initiative.
Members of the cohort include:
• Tucker McClendon: deputy mayor, education and workforce development
• Alexa LeBoeuf: director of economic & community development, Hamilton County Government
• Bo Drake: vice president, economic & workforce development, Chattanooga State Community College
The program recognizes the important role counties play in streamlining pathways to higher education and employment.
The yearlong cohort will include discussions with national subject matter experts, visits to successful programs in peer communities, and development of an action plan to create lasting impacts on the local education and employment landscape.
“We know that the future of Hamilton County’s economy will reflect how well we prepare students today with both knowledge and skills,” says Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp. “Through this cohort, our county will gain insights that should allow us to sharpen our approach to workforce development as we strive to ultimately connect our citizens with living wage jobs.”
The C4CS initiative is designed to leverage the unique position of counties, which operate at the intersection of postsecondary education, workforce development and human services. By fostering cross-systems collaboration and strategic coordination, county governments can play a pivotal role in connecting residents with family-sustaining jobs that meet local industry needs.
The culminating action plan will be the result of collaboration between Chattanooga State Community College, the Hamilton County Mayor’s Office, and the Hamilton County Office of Economic and Community Development, empowering residents by providing them with the necessary resources and support to access quality education and meaningful employment.
“We have a unique opportunity before us to learn from counties across the country, who are leading the way in workforce development, and implement those proven strategies here, in Hamilton County,” says McClendon. “It’s an honor to be a part of this program, and I look forward to ensuring a strong future for all workers in our community by bridging the gap between citizens and employers.”
Source: Hamilton County Mayor’s Office