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.  

Workforce Conferences and Classes

Bring Your ‘A’ Game Workshop

August 12, 2022 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central
TCAT Murfreesboro/Smyrna Campus, 663 Ken Pilkerton Drive, Smyrna, TN
The cost for the workshop is $149 for TNTrained alumni and $169 for all other workforce professionals. 

Please join the Center for Workforce Development as we host Josh Davies, CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development and nationally recognized speaker, for a full-day live and in-person workshop. This highly interactive session will prepare teachers, trainers, and facilitators of the Bring Your ‘A’ Game soft skills curriculum and certification program.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the Work Ethic gap in America and how it impacts organizations and individuals.
  • Keys to the philosophy and application of the curriculum.
  • Examples of the experiential learning exercises from Bring Your 'A' Game.
  • Skills practice and coaching.

Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a fully portable Work Ethic Trainer Certificate.

We still have plenty of great opportunities to learn from national and state leaders in workforce development.  Please stay tuned for exciting new developments!

For additional information, please contact CWD Workforce Coordinator Jennifer Fuchs.


Center for Workforce Development’s Fall 2021 “Focus on Workforce” Special Session – September 21, 2021

The Center for Workforce Development was pleased to host speaker Dr. Kevin J. Fleming to kick off our new academic year with energy and ideas to meet our workforce needs.

Dr. Kevin J. Fleming leads the Planning and Development unit as a Vice President at Norco College (part of Riverside Community College District, CA). Dr. Fleming recently supported over 40 Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and multiple state and federal grants as a Dean of Instruction. He is the producer of multiple videos including Success in the New Economy, and author of the bestseller, (Re)Defining the Goal. Dr. Fleming is a passionate advocate for ensuring all students enter the labor market with a competitive advantage. 

Spring Workforce Virtual Conference – April 13-14, 2021

Our 2021 Spring Virtual Conference featured guest speakers Jesse Cole and Sue Smith discussing customer service, credentials/PLA, and how we can usher in new energy in workforce for the new year.

   Agenda & Speaker Bios

Center for Work Ethic Development on The Workplace Evolution – July 22, 2020 

Our third informational session was held in collaboration with The Center for Work Ethic Development. Center CEO Josh Davies discussed 2030: The Workplace Evolution.

National Skills Coalition SkillsSPAN Network and Tennessee - June 23, 2020

Our second informational session was held in collaboration with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Laura Ward, Vice President of Talent Development, discussed Tennessee's role in the National Skills Coalition SkillsSPAN network.

TN Talent Exchange Informational Session - May 20, 2020

Our first informational session was held in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development and the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. We had a great turnout to hear about the Tennessee Talent Exchange, a new initiative designed by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.  

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

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.