Zaxby’s 2016 CEO Spotlight

College Street Elementary School students are greeted before school by C.E.O.Zaxby’s Manager Kevin Mears and their mascot. CSES students are learning the importance of shaking someone’s hand with a smile, as today’s students will be tomorrow’s workforce.

Workforce Development – July 13

In the South Central Tennessee area local industries have an acute need for skilled workers. There are a number of programs available to develop workers, but job training is not always aligned with industry’s hiring needs. There is a gap between what students have in skills and what is needed for entry level positions. likewise, the gap extends to the skills of workers already employed In the industry.

Your Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce is busy behind the scenes bringing the right people to the table to address strategies to build a stronger workforce for Coffee County.  We are currently supporting an effort led by County Mayor Gary Cordell to seek new opportunities for high school students and adults, alike, in technical training.
We’re bringing together educators from across our region, local government officials, industry professionals, and business leaders to explore state grant opportunities to provide post-secondary education opportunities right here in Coffee County.  In order to be competitive in industry recruiting, we have to be able to proudly boast that we can provide the workforce needed by prospects.
What we are learning is that there is a definite need, even in existing industries, for more skilled laborers, and we believe we must work to help change the mindset of parents, students, and educators about technical careers.  These are not dirty, second rate jobs; rather, they are highly skilled and high-paying jobs that can be entered into without the burden of astronomical debt and the four-year journey that our traditional idea of post-secondary education provides.  This idea is described fully

We hope to be able to announce a positive result from our work sometime in the next few months.  Stay tuned!

Chamber Supports Young Entrepreneurs

This week, we are playing host to a free code camp put on by the Hands On Science Center.  This is the 2nd year of the camp in Coffee County.  The course teaches Scratch, HTML, and Javascript to young people ranging from Middle School to High School.  The program is based around an open source, free, platform designed by students at MIT to introduce young people to computer sciences and foster entrepreneurship.  We found a great article which discusses a few real life scenarios if you would like to read more.  CLICK HERE

Coffee County Teen Expo Update – July 13

Coffee County Central High School, Coffee County Raider Academy, and Coffee County Middle School are excited to host the second annual Coffee County Teen Expo, which is anticipated to serve approximately 500 students in grades 7-12.
Coffee County Teen Expo is a support service event designed to ensure that our students in need are provided with all materials necessary to be successful academically and socially, and also provide other resource opportunities for students and their families.
During this event, students will receive school supplies, hygiene products, and a new pair of shoes. In addition, haircut and job fair services will be offered. We encourage our staffing agencies and local businesses to participate in the job fair for our families of Coffee County.
“We’re looking forward to another successful event and to serve double thenumber of  studentsfrom last year. We appreciate the continuous support from the community,” said Taylor Rayfield Coffee County Schools Family Resource Coordinator
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