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Tennessee Career Resources for Teachers and Students

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the Tennessee Career Resource Network is to help teachers teach and students learn in order to provide students with related academic and technical knowledge and skills needed to advance to higher education and/or careers which require a strong academic foundation. Additionally, the program sees the importance of involving parents in the career decision-making plans and educational programs of their children.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Tennessee is a major producer of zinc and aluminum, as well as hydroelectric power. Agriculture includes tobacco and cotton. Chemical and allied products, processed foods, and clothing are key industries. Country and Western music and tourism also contribute to the economy. Government, retail trade and professional and business services provide the most employment.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 5.1%, as compared to 5.8% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The Together for Tennessee Jobs: Linking Education and the Workforce conference was jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and Tech Prep. The focus of the conference was to discuss new initiatives in education to prepare for careers in the 21st century. Representatives from business and industry, and higher education in Tennessee also attended this all day conference.

• The Division of Vocational-Technical Education sponsored an Urban Education Conference. The focus was on new initiatives to assist students, teachers and administrators in the urban setting. Emphasis was placed on high priority schools.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Tennessee has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Career Shadowing
• Construction Career Day
• Vocational Summer Conference
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools803
Middle Schools 1491
High Schools 1997
Community Colleges 17
4-Year Colleges/Universities 69
Other 317

Primary Resources

Tennessee has published the following resources:
• American Careers Magazine
• American Careers Magazine High School Planner
• American Careers--Parent Edition
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• State Licensed Occupations Guide
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook
• Kuder Online Career Exploration System

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following source:
• Other (not specified)
Significant Program Partnerships

• State Department of Labor
• State Workforce Development
• High Schools That Work

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Lynne Cohen
Vocational Technical Education, Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 4th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-0383
Phone: (615) 532-2837
Fax: (615) 532-8226
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

State of Tennessee, Department of Education, Vocational-Technical Education Division

Regional Contact Information