Business & Industry

Tennessee’s Community Colleges play an integral role in the economic growth of our state. From providing short-term training programs to customized, long-term initiatives, each of our 13 community colleges has developed innovative strategies to meet the workforce training needs of local, regional and state employers.

Collectively, Tennessee’s Community Colleges offer access to more than 350 workforce development programs, providing training for more than 1,500 industries and small businesses in the last three years alone. In that same period, more than 150,000 employees received training to develop new skills or improve the performance of their organization, ranging from GED preparation to computer networking administration.

The value of a college degree is evident when you look at statistics provided by the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. * 

In the report “Back to College,” the bureau notes that all of the increase in employment over the past two decades has been among workers who have taken at least some college classes or who have associate or bachelor's degrees.

And more education is associated with less unemployment, too.  In 2009, the unemployment rate for workers with college degrees was 4.6 percent, while the unemployment rate for workers without a high school diploma was 10 points higher.

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