The State of Tennessee is a committed partner to ensure students recognize there are more careers beyond those that require a four-year degree. The state recently launched the Tennessee Work-Learn-Earn tool, which allows students, advisers and advocates to connect to in-demand job opportunities and the education needed to achieve career goals.
In addition, the state also offers Tennessee Reconnect which is a last-dollar grant for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate, tuition-free. Each of these initiatives makes it easier for employers to find the right talent with the right skills. Also needs to talk about Tennessee Reconnect for high school seniors.
We also partner with Workforce Midsouth who leads the way in connecting job seekers and employers. Through programs and partnerships with service providers across the region, Workforce Mid-South ensures that job seekers have access to opportunities and have the skills employers need. Workforce Mid-South oversees the American Job Centers and Career Leap Youth and Career LAUNCH Young Adult programs.
You want talent that is ready to work. Our region is a certified ACT Work Ready Community and we are leveraging the National Career Readiness Certificate to measure and close the skills gap to support our employees and employers.