TNTrained Program


The TNTrained program is a joint venture with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), 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 tool box 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. 


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.  

“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


TNTrained:  Continuing to Connect

While COVID-19 has temporarily changed how we conduct conferences and classes, the workforce partners of TNTrained have continued our plans to connect with each other throughout 2020 and 2021 to share information and best practices.

Spring Workforce Virtual Conference – April 13-14, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central - $59

Our 2021 Spring Virtual Conference will feature excellent 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.

Registration is now open, with a $59 fee that covers both mornings.

Registration   Agenda & Speaker Bios

Center for Work Ethic Development on The Workplace Evolution – July 22, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. Central via MS Teams

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 - 10:00 a.m. Central via MS Teams

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 - 1:00 p.m. Central via Webex

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.  

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.

LEGO team building at TNTrained Workforce Development Conference