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Committee Chairs Meeting and Ad Hoc Committee on Committees
Location:   TBR System Office - Nashville
Start:   11:30 AM
End:   4:30 PM

 The Committee Chairs meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. CDT with a working lunch. The agenda includes:

Personnel and compensation issues

Finance and business issues

Academic policy revisions

Preview of new TBR.edu website

Update on directors searches at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

Review draft of September Board meeting agenda

 

The Ad Hoc Committee on Committees will meet immediately after the Committee Chairs. Agenda items include the review and approval of a charter for the External Affairs Committee and discussion of the ad hoc committee’s next steps.

 

Both meetings are open to the public and the press. Those wishing to attend should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before 4:30 p.m. CDT Sept. 11 so building security clearance can be arranged. Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should use the same contact to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received no later than noon Sept. 11.


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TBR Quarterly Board Meeting
Location:   Pellissippi State Community College

 Committee meetings will take place Thursday and begin at 1 p.m. EDT in the Clayton Performing Arts Center in the Alexander Building. Committees will meet in this order: Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Academic Policies and Programs, Personnel and Compensation, Finance and Business Operations, and Audit.

The full Board will meet on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. 

The Board will hear an annual report on the system-wide Completion Agenda and an update on the Tennessee Promise. New business to go before the Board includes:

    • Approval of the proposed 2015 meeting dates;

    • Minutes of the Personnel and Compensation Committee on Sept. 25 that includes tenure upon appointments; institutional compensation proposals; revised policies regarding sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; and          evaluation of the chancellor;

    • Minutes of the Finance and Business Operations Committee on Sept. 25 that includes the capital budget for fiscal year 2015-16; and 

    • Approval of the resolutions of appreciation for retired TCAT directors Don Sadler and Mark Powers. 

A full agenda for the Board and committee meetings and meeting materials are available to download on the TBR website at http://www.tbr.edu/about/default.aspx?id=1390. All meetings are open to the public and the press as observers except for the non-public executive session of the Audit Committee. Any member of the public or media who plans to attend should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before noon CDT Wednesday, Sept. 24, so access can be arranged. The meetings are also accessible to view via live streaming video athttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/tennessee-board-of-regents using the password tbr2011.

Anyone with a disability who wishes to attend should contact Greppin-Watts to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received by noon Tuesday, Sept. 23.


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TBR Quarterly Board Meeting
Location:   Pellissippi State Community College

 Committee meetings will take place Thursday and begin at 1 p.m. EDT in the Clayton Performing Arts Center in the Alexander Building. Committees will meet in this order: Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Academic Policies and Programs, Personnel and Compensation, Finance and Business Operations, and Audit.

The full Board will meet on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. 

The Board will hear an annual report on the system-wide Completion Agenda and an update on the Tennessee Promise. New business to go before the Board includes:

    • Approval of the proposed 2015 meeting dates;

    • Minutes of the Personnel and Compensation Committee on Sept. 25 that includes tenure upon appointments; institutional compensation proposals; revised policies regarding sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; and          evaluation of the chancellor;

    • Minutes of the Finance and Business Operations Committee on Sept. 25 that includes the capital budget for fiscal year 2015-16; and 

    • Approval of the resolutions of appreciation for retired TCAT directors Don Sadler and Mark Powers. 

A full agenda for the Board and committee meetings and meeting materials are available to download on the TBR website at http://www.tbr.edu/about/default.aspx?id=1390. All meetings are open to the public and the press as observers except for the non-public executive session of the Audit Committee. Any member of the public or media who plans to attend should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before noon CDT Wednesday, Sept. 24, so access can be arranged. The meetings are also accessible to view via live streaming video athttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/tennessee-board-of-regents using the password tbr2011.

Anyone with a disability who wishes to attend should contact Greppin-Watts to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received by noon Tuesday, Sept. 23.


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 TBR Institutions Receive More than $17.1M in Federal Grants for TN Job Training Programs  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2012) — Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges and Tennessee Technology Centers were awarded more than $17.1 million in federal grants for job training programs in health care- and manufacturing-related fields today.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced today that TBR schools will receive funds through three different awards. A consortium of all of Tennessee’s community colleges and  technology centers will receive almost $12.6 million for health care training; Chattanooga State Community College will receive more than $3 million for manufacturing job training; and Pellissippi State Community College and the TTC-Murfreesboro will take part in a $15 million Michigan-based consortium to redesign teaching and delivery programs in manufacturing.

“These awards will help our community colleges and technology centers meet the needs of some of Tennessee’s largest employers and will help fill the employment gap between the jobs available and the workforce trained to do them,” said TBR Chancellor John Morgan.

“This is an excellent example of TBR’s broader efforts to meet the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act,” he added. “By providing more training of the type that we know is needed, we will help increase the number of Tennesseans with quality credentials, and that, in turn, will help our state’s economy.”

The largest award, $12,570,415, will go to a group comprised of all 13 of Tennessee’s Community Colleges and 27 Tennessee Technology Centers across the state for programs designed to provide health care-related workforce training opportunities for individuals while meeting the needs of the state’s health care employers and industries.

Titled RxTennessee, the project includes strategies that will provide strong student support to help students make the best health-related career training choices, successfully complete the programs they choose, and find jobs in related fields. It will focus on health care fields for which training is most needed and where jobs are most likely to be available across the state and in specific regions. The grant proposal was developed on behalf of the TBR institutions by a team at Roane State Community College under the direction of Roane State President Gary Goff.

“We have identified health care as one of the areas of job growth for Tennessee,” said Warren Nichols, TBR vice chancellor for Tennessee’s Community Colleges. “Health care is a field that provides high growth, high demand and high wages and will allow our students to gain employment as quickly as possible. This project will include fast-track programs to help us take people off the unemployment rosters and get them back into gainful employment.”

The $3,026,496 Chattanooga State award will help the college provide training in two core manufacturing fields where demand is high – non-destructive evaluation and materials joining. The program will offer entry-level certification to train students within four to six months as well as leading to advanced certifications and two- or four-year degree opportunities.

Pellissippi State and the TTC-Murfreesboro will receive funding through a $15 million award to the Henry Ford Community College in Michigan for a consortium comprised of institutions from different states. The program is designed to bridge a “disconnect” between the needs of the workplace and content of the manufacturing curriculum offered in most colleges.  The dollar value of Pellissippi State’s and the TTC’s portion of the project has yet to be determined, but each will receive a minimum of $760,000.

These grants – and others totaling some $500 million nationwide – are part of the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The grants focused on career fields such as advanced manufacturing, health care, transportation, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“We are grateful to the Department of Labor for the opportunity to compete for these grants, and I expect them to have a tremendous impact on Tennessee’s citizens,” said Morgan.
The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions.  The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, providing programs to more than 200,000 students across the state.