Knoxville employers can help create their future workforce by serving as advisors to Knox County Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Knox County Schools is revamping its CTE programs to meet the growing demand for career and college-ready students by providing more career-awareness opportunities; emphasizing the pursuit of certifications, dual credit and other post-secondary opportunities and engaging with local employers.

Schools need local employers to partner with educators “to inform the classroom practices and help our educators to reinforce the student skills and knowledge that ensure the next generation of skilled professionals are ready for the workplace and post-secondary education,” said Keith Wilson, Knox County Schools’ director of career and technical education.

Advisory Council meetings are scheduled in October and November based on the relevant industry/career clusters. The Councils meet formally once in the fall and spring, with much of the work done in smaller groups with teachers of disciplines relevant to employers’ workforce needs.

This fall’s take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Here is the schedule:

  • Health Sciences & Criminal Justice: New Lincoln Memorial University Campus, 9737 Cogdill Road, Oct. 18.
  • Business, Marketing, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), STEM and Information Technology: Sara Simpson Development and Technology Center-Great Room, 801 Tipton Ave., Nov. 1.
  • Culinary Arts, Education, Agriculture, Dietetics and Nutrition, Human and Social Services: Sara Simpson Development and Technology Center-Great Room, 801 Tipton Ave., Nov. 6.
  • Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Trades, Automotive Maintenance and Repair: TCAT Knoxville, 1100 Liberty St., Nov. 14.
  • Audio/Visual Production, Digital Arts and Graphic Design: Pellissippi State Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Nov. 19.

RSVP to Shelly Branam at shelly.branam@knoxschools.org. If you have other questions, contact Wilson at keith.wilson@knoxschools.org or 865-253-1038.

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