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Front Page - Friday, August 25, 2017

Chattanooga State awarded $1.08M

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, has awarded a $1,080,000 contract to Chattanooga State Community College to provide personnel to oversee and deliver career services to youth, adults and dislocated workers in Hamilton and four surrounding counties.

Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the contract will be managed by the college’s Division of Economic and Community Development. Staffing will cover American Job Center locations in Eastgate Town Center, Kimball and Dayton, Tennessee, as well as outreach in Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties for fiscal year 2017-18.

Serving a six-county area of southeast Tennessee and bordering counties in northern Georgia and Alabama, Chattanooga State has 634 teaching staff providing instruction across seven divisions of study.

In addition, Chattanooga State has provided education and workforce training in the local community for more than 50 years and claims a 96 percent job placement rate for its graduates.

The college has a long history of working with area employers, the Workforce Investment Act, and the WIOA and its workforce programs, as well as experience in project management of similar programs in the region.

The AJC contract will enable Chattanooga State to provide on-the-job training programs and other opportunities for job seekers while developing and cultivating new business contacts, says Chattanooga State’s executive director of economic and workforce development, Lulu Copeland.

“We’re honored to help provide for the area’s workforce needs through this new role with the American Job Centers,” Copeland says. “We want to help individuals find meaningful positions and assist area employers with their training and workforce needs.”

Source: Chattanooga State