Our Center has a long-standing commitment to developing a strong and diverse workforce through participatory research, exemplary trainings and innovative approaches. We address this commitment through services to workforce development trainers, literacy practitioners, employers and schools in an effort to build networks of support for those typically challenged in gaining and retaining a satisfying career.
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Through a network of account representatives throughout the state, this program provides statewide disability resources and employment services to assist Tennessee businesses in recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities.
Equipped for the Future (EFF) Standards-Based Workforce Development
The Center is the headquarters for Equipped for the Future, an innovator in the field of workforce development since 1995. Among all of the work done under the EFF banner there are three courses: Preparing for Work, Preparing for Careers in Sales and Service (available for Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language versions), and Preparing for Careers in Health Care. Additionally, the National Work Readiness Credential was developed from EFF’s Work Readiness Profile.
Secondary Education Focus:
Self-Advocacy and Career Planning
The Center conducts training and technical assistance in delivering a self-determination and career planning curriculum to school personnel who are interested in empowering students at the point of transition from school to adult life.