Center for Workforce Development

The TBR Center for Workforce Development's mission is to develop and maintain a statewide approach for workforce development that directly impacts the State and our communities. 


The Center for Workforce Development will achieve its mission through the following goals:

  • Collaborate with business, industry, government agencies, local agencies, and our college institutions to develop and deliver rapid response workforce training programs that will prepare and support a competitive workforce across a range of occupational levels;
  • Monitor statewide workforce activities and initiatives that contribute to the economy of our state and communities;
  • Access, develop, deliver and evaluate the system’s economic development effectiveness through collaboration with our college system leadership and subject matter experts.  

TNTrained Program

The TNTrained program is a joint venture with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Center for Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TN DOL), Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TN ECD), and other state agencies designed to create a unified, statewide approach to recruiting and retaining businesses and jobs for Tennessee by providing professionals in the state’s higher education system, state agencies, and private industry with a common knowledge base of practices, strategies, and skills in working with businesses interested in coming to or expanding in Tennessee.  The program, led by the College System’s Center for Workforce Development, also developed a toolbox of resources for TNTrained graduates to use as they work collaboratively in recruiting jobs to the state.

The 40-hour cohort program includes basic and advanced economic development divided into three working sessions and a culminating project session.  Sessions include:  Economic Development and TBR 101, Building the TNTrained Team, and Developing the TNTrained Tool Box.  The program concludes with a culminating project that examines specific cases involving economic or workforce issues in each of the nine ECD regions. 

“Developing a shared culture and language that leverages the strengths of your institution or department is one of the best pillars that you have built.  The goal is to provide the best workforce development program in the world.  TNTrained and the institutions that make this brand strong stand as a statewide system that utilizes a common process, shared tools and the ability to create relevant training for industry at a moment’s notice.”

-- Chancellor Flora Tydings


Congratulations to our latest TNTrained graduates! We look forward to learning from all TBR institutions throughout this process and ultimately creating a powerful approach that allows Tennessee to leverage individual strengths under a unifying brand, TNTrained.

Regional Workforce Information

Custom Business and Industry Training Programs

TBR designs custom employee training through our Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and our Community Colleges.  Your local campus can develop new, job-specific training courses to help your employees develop new skills and upgrade their existing skills. 

Our workforce training professionals can develop training courses in a wide variety of industrial, high-tech, office, and health-care skills.  We are available to serve major corporations, small businesses, industry, healthcare facilities, professional organizations, and government agencies.  Whether your organization is small or large, whether you need technical skills training for maintenance personnel or computer training skills for a few employees, we can do the job for your company. 


Contact Us
We would be glad to talk with you about your company’s needs. Please contact us!
General Inquiries and Statewide Information
Dr. Carol G. Puryear
President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro

Middle Tennessee
Hilary Marabeti
Volunteer State Community College

East Tennessee
Dr. Anita Ricker
Walters State Community College

West Tennessee
John Hodgson
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson
731-424-0691 x102

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Registered apprenticeships are effective workforce training solutions businesses can use to train skilled workers through a combination of on-the-job learning and classroom instruction.  The TBR Center for Workforce Development continues to work on numerous apprenticeship programs in a variety of critical business sectors.  Our department can assist businesses by connecting them with the resources they need to design and develop customized apprenticeships for any type of business need.