FEBRUARY 2020
Welcome to our newsletter:
CONNECTING KIDS TO LOCAL CAREERS
Last week, Governor Bill Lee delivered the State of the State address, laying out his priorities and budget for the coming year.

OUR BIG TAKEAWAY: K-12 education and workforce development opportunities for the students of Tennessee will continue to be a main priority.

When noting accomplishments of his first year in office and looking forward to the next, Governor Lee praised the Future Workforce Initiative - a program bringing career and technical education to Tennessee's K-12 students. This initiative is supporting real work in classrooms across the state.

TN-CAPS is pleased to provide FREE resources to teachers, giving them practical, engaging lesson plans that give students the skills necessary for today's high-skill jobs and access to local employers and career pathways.
"The really neat thing about TN-CAPS is that everything is laid out -- every resource, every worksheet, every rubric is all part of each lesson plan," said Risa Elder, K-8 Science & STEM Program Coordinator for Collierville Schools. "We can find what's needed, what's necessary, and what's interesting to our students."
Tennessee is leading the nation in K-12 workforce development thanks to Governor Lee's leadership, local chambers and businesses who are partnering with schools, and teachers who are doing the real work every day. Our team is proud to play a role in bringing it all together and can't wait to see what the future holds for the students of Tennessee!
Thank You To Our Pilot Communities
for a successful round of training sessions, showing teachers how to explore real careers in classrooms across Tennessee.
Check out TN-CAPS in the news!
With aspirations to be a YouTuber or gamer, elementary students as young as kindergartners are aware of careers, jobs and making money, Denmark Elementary counselor Tina Williams said Monday during a guided tour of TN Career Awareness and Preparation System (TN-CAPS)... [read more]
A group of Kingsport City Schools teachers and administrators got a look Thursday at Tennessee Career Awareness and Preparation System (TN-CAPS), a new career portal that will provide lesson plans tailored to local business and industry... [read more]
Administrators with the Tennessee Career Awareness and Preparation System, TN-CAPS, provided Hamilton County Schools educators and guests a guided tour of a new interactive web portal that provides free, localized, career-focused lesson plans designed to help students... [read more]
In the fall of 2019, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced the launch of TN-CAPS, a partnership with other experienced education and workforce organizations to offer a career-based curriculum for educators. Collierville Partners in Education (PIE) is coordinating... [read more]
Across the country and here in Tennessee, businesses are continuing to experience a shortage of skilled workers who are able to sustain high-wage industries. The solution to this challenge starts in our public schools. The evolving demands of Tennessee’s competitive labor market require ... [read more]
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News From Our Pilot Communities:
Park View Elementary School's STEM Olympics Night
On January 23rd, hundreds of students across Bradley County attended Park View Elementary School’s STEM Olympics Night. The event featured groups from secondary schools across the county as they showed students the value of science, technology, engineering, and math... Read More
Summer CNA Certification at Siegel High School
This June, Siegel High School’s Jennifer Bettag, RN, BSN, will be leading a month-long Certified Nursing Assistants class for Rutherford County Schools’ May 2020 Health Science Pathway graduates. The class is limited to fifteen applicants... Read More
Collierville School Board Honored with Mayoral Proclamation
During the January 27, 2020 Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Mayor Stan Joyner presented a proclamation to members of the Collierville Schools Board of Education. The Mayor proclaimed the week of January 27 through January 31, 2020 as “School Board Appreciation Week.”... Read More
Rutherford County School Board approves $4.4M to purchase Blackman land
The Rutherford County School Board has agreed to offer over $4 million to the City of Murfreesboro to buy a Blackman site that had been set aside for a park... Read More
Middle and high school students read more with access to free audiobooks from Audible
Audible has selected Hamilton County Schools to participate in their student program providing free audiobooks for students in grades 8-12... Read More
Toyota Motor Manufacturing TN announces name change, STEM grants
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Tennessee is the new name for the Toyota Bodine Aluminum plant and has announced $30,000 in grants to STEM education in Jackson and West Tennessee... Read More

How some Hamilton County schools are trying to help middle school students plan for their future
Abel Windemuller is interested in astronomy and space. His dad is a pediatric gastroenterologist and his mom is a medical resident, "perfecting her career," Windemuller said. The eighth grader at Normal Park Museum Magnet School has thought about being a doctor when he grows up... Read More