Talent Development Directory

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION

Organizations and institutions that provide services in adult basic education give individuals opportunities and support to achieve personal goals for education, employment, health, family life, community integration, and emotional well-being. Customized training needs for business, industry, and government are also available through some organizations, which assist in report writing, math skills, computer literacy, GED preparation, job search techniques, interviewing skills, and resume preparation. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that offer adult basic education services:

  • The AIM Center, Inc.
  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • The Bethlehem Center
  • Bridge of Hope – Chattanooga Christian Women’s Job Corps
  • Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers, Inc.
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Educational Opportunity Center - UTC
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Miller-Motte Technical College
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center
  • TCAT -  Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens District 4 Adult Education
  • Virginia College School of Business and Health
  • WGU Tennessee - Western Governor’s University

 

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

Apprenticeship programs offer individuals an opportunity to work in a recognized skilled craft or trade requiring one or more years of on-the-job training. After the training combining job experience and related instruction, the individual is considered a qualified skilled worker. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that offer apprenticeship programs, as well as some that will help interested companies develop apprenticeship programs:

  • Chattanooga Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Center
  • Chattanooga Ironworkers Joint Apprentice and Training Committee
  • Electric Power Board
  • Operating Engineers, Local 917, Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Tri-State Carpenters & Millwrights Joint Apprentice and Training Committee
  • UA Local 43 Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprentice and Training Committee
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Continuing education courses provide training for innovative entry- level workers, as well as professionals who want to increase their knowledge for the development of their careers and personal well-being. Classes range from basic computer skills, job development, and GED programs for the entry- level worker, to computer repair, leadership, and project management. Listed below are organizations/institutions that offer courses for continuing education:

  • The AIM Center, Inc.
  • Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers, Inc.
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
  • UTC Division of Continuing Education
  • WGU Tennessee - Western Governor’s University

 

CRAFT SKILLS TRAINING

Crafts skills training courses provide a mixture of academia with hands-on experience.
Machining, electronics, industrial maintenance, machine-tool maintenance, and business
are merely a few fields of study that are offered at various area locations. Customized
training courses are offered for individual development as well as for business, industry, and government.
Listed below are organizations/institutions that offer craft skills training:

  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Job Corps

 

DISABILITIES TRAINING

Disabilities training courses encourage people with disabilities and disadvantages to achieve their fullest potential and capabilities through training that focuses on self-sufficiency, work ethics, conflict resolution, self-esteem, interviewing techniques, and work adjustment while aiding in job placement. Some courses are focused on employers as they provide incentives for hiring and training people with disabilities. Organizations offer assistance to potential employers by providing them with pre-screened applicants, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) assistance, and employee-training assistance.

Listed below are local organizations that help people with disabilities find employment and aid businesses in learning how to find and manage these special employees:

  • The Aim Center, Inc.
  • American Job Center
  • Chattanooga Goodwill3 
  • Inner City Ministries
  • Job Corps
  • Orange Grove Center
  • Signal Centers, Inc. Adults with Disabilities Program
  • Siskin Hospital, Vocational Services Department
  • Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services – UT Corporate Connections
  • Tri-State Resource & Advocacy Corp., Inc. (TRAC)

 

DISPLACED WORKERS

Organizations and institutions that provide employment placement services aid displaced workers in achieving their fullest capabilities through personal development and offer outlets for career opportunities through the assessment of strengths and interests matched with job opportunities in the community. Personal development classes are available at most placement locations. Some of the topics that are covered in these classes are as follows: resume’ preparation, job-searching techniques, interviewing skills, work ethics, conflict resolution, anger and stress management, and cultural diversity. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that offer employment placement services:

  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Educational Opportunity Center, UTC
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Inner City Ministries
  • LAUNCH (at The Bethlehem Center)
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
  • UTC Center for Community Career Education
  • UTC Division of Continuing Education

 

EMPLOYERS’ CUSTOMIZED TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT

Employers’ customized training courses specialize in particular fields of employment in business, industry, or government for individuals who desire to increase their knowledge for the development of their careers. From GED preparation, basic computer skills, and technical writing to project management, team building, and communication skills, a variety of classes are offered to accommodate every level and type of employment. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that offer customized training for all levels of employees:

  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers, Inc.
  • Chattanooga State Community College 
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College 
  • Inner City Ministries
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratories
  • Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services – UT Corporate Connections
  • University of Phoenix – Chattanooga Campus
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
  • UT Center for Industrial Services
  • UTC Division of Continuing Education

 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Institutions that offer courses in English as a second language provide international students/workers the opportunity to improve their social and work environments by focusing on conversation skills, composition, and technical writing. Listed below are institutions that offer classes in English as a Second Language:

  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College

 

ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING

Entrepreneurial training provides education concerning business development and planning. Writing business plans, researching ideas, obtaining industry information, and building business vocabulary are included in entrepreneurial training. Business counseling, training, and professional assistance are services that are also available. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that provide entrepreneurial training:

  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • LAUNCH (at The Bethlehem Center)
  • Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  • UT Center for Industrial Services
  • UTC Division of Continuing Education
  • WGU Tennessee - Western Governor’s University

 

EX-OFFENDER PLACEMENT (YOUTH AND ADULTS)

Placement services for ex-offenders provide career opportunities through training, counseling, and educational programs which helps ex-offenders restore productive roles in society. Substance abuse assessments and treatments as well as anger-management therapy are also available. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that provide placement services for ex-offenders:

  • Chattanooga Endeavors
  • Chattanooga Goodwill 
  • Educational Opportunity Center, UTC
  • The House of Refuge
  • UTC Division of Continuing Education

      

FAMILIES FIRST

Families First is a social service agency that specializes in strengthening and preserving families by offering support and training in the areas of counseling, family support, education, community building, and advocacy. A broad range of classes and training, such as basic job acquisition techniques, family literacy, GED preparation, and job assessments and placement, are available for Families First customers.

Listed below are local organizations/institutions that provide training and services for Families First customers:

  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Ameritel Communications, LLC
  • The Bethlehem Resource Center 
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Educational Opportunity Center, UTC
  • Families First Career Development Center (operated by Maximus)
  • Inner City Ministries
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

 

GED PREPARATION

A GED (General Education Development) certificate is basically equivalent to a high school diploma. Language arts, reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics are the tested areas on the exam. GED preparation classes are available for anyone interested in studying before taking the exam. Listed below are organizations/institutions that offer GED preparation classes:

  • The AIM Center, Inc.
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Job Corps

 

INDUSTRIAL CERTIFICATES

Certification for particular jobs is required by most industries. Certification can be obtained by participating in educational and training programs specializing in specific industrial fields. Listed below are local organizations/institutions where industrial certificates may be obtained:

  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Educational Opportunity Center, UTC
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Miller-Motte Technical College
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratories
  • Southern Adventist University – Auto Service Technician certificate
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
  • UT Center for Industrial Services
  • WGU Tennessee - Western Governor’s University

 

JOB SKILLS TRAINING

Organizations/institutions that offer classes and services in job skills training focus on skills that are needed for various jobs in all types of business, industry, and government related careers. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that offer training for jobs in various industries:

  • The AIM Center, Inc.
  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Ameritel Communications, LLC
  • The Bethlehem Center
  • Bridge of Hope – Chattanooga Christian Women’s Job Corps
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers, Inc.
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Inner City Ministries
  • Job Corps
  • LAUNCH (at The Bethlehem Center)
  • Miller-Motte Technical College
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center
  • Orange Grove Center
  • Signal Centers, Inc. Adults w/Disabilities Program
  • Siskin Hospital, Vocational Services Department
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
  • Virginia College School of Business and Health

 

KEYTRAIN

KeyTrain, originally designed for the WorkKeys employment system, is an easy computer program, including a full sound track, which helps people renew and expand skills they may have previously learned and not put to use. KeyTrain also helps people to learn and utilize these skills for practical situations they may encounter in typical jobs. Each topic includes a review of a skill, opportunities to practice the skill, and exercises that apply the skill in real-world applications. Listed below are institutions that offer KeyTrain courses:

  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Endeavors
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Siskin Hospital
  • Vocational Services Department

 

LITERACY TRAINING

Literacy training provides individuals with introduction in reading, writing, language development, and critical understanding as well as decision-making abilities they need for personal and community development. Listed below are organizations/institutions that provide literacy-training services:

  • The AIM Center, Inc.
  • The Bethlehem Center
  • Bridge of Hope – Chattanooga Christian Women’s Job Corps
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Inner City Ministries

 

PLACEMENT- BLUE COLLAR, PROFESSIONAL, SENIORS

Placement services provide a link between job seekers and employers by supplying job seekers with information about employment opportunities in various job markets. Assessments of individuals’ strengths and interests are performed, and then a match is made with an available job. Job coaching/training is provided followed by a service determining the success of the placement. Listed below are local placement services for blue-collar, professional and senior workers:

  • The AIM Center, Inc.
  • ATSI Career Transition Services
  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Inner City Ministries
  • Job Corps
  • Orange Grove Center
  • Signal Centers, Inc. Adults with Disabilities Program
  • Siskin Hospital, Vocational Services Department
  • Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services – UT Corporate Connections
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

 

SOFT-SKILLS AND WORK-ETHICS TRAINING

Soft-skills training focuses on improving employees’ working relationships with fellow employees, subordinates and superiors by focusing on improving skills related to personal development, interpersonal, and attitudinal development. Courses and seminars on work ethics promote both personal and business development as employees learn skills that aid in their individual success and help them become more efficient team players, thus creating a healthier work environment. Possible courses and seminar topics, which are also characteristics of good work ethics, are dependability, honesty, responsibility, productivity, respecting authority, avoiding conflict, and good interpersonal skills. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that provide soft-skills training services:

  • The AIM Center, Inc.
  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • The Bethlehem Center
  • Bridge of Hope – Chattanooga Christian Women’s Job Corps
  • Chattanooga Endeavors
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Chattanooga State Continuing Education Department
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Inner City Ministries
  • Job Corps
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center
  • Signal Centers, Inc. Adults w/Disabilities Program
  • Siskin Hospital, Vocational Services Department
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
  • UT Center for Industrial Services
  • UTC Division of Continuing Education

 

TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT

Temporary employment positions are created for time periods when an extra workload is expected or acquired, as in seasonal work. Continuance for particular positions is not expected for temporary employees. Temporary employees do not receive benefits or salaries, and they are usually paid hourly wages. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that help job seekers find temporary employment:

  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Endeavors (We are a staffing agency and provide temporary employment to our clients as a work experience opportunity.)
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Esperanza Del Barrio Ministry – The Salvation Army
  • Inner City Ministries Jobs Partnerships/Hope for Chattanooga
  • LAUNCH (at The Bethlehem Center – www.thebeth.org) 
  • Orange Grove Center
  • Signal Centers, Inc., Assistive Technology Services  
  • Signal Centers, Inc., Adults w/Disabilities Program
  • Siskin Hospital, Vocational Services Department
  • Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services – UT Corporate Connections
  • Title V/SCSEP Program – Chattanooga Goodwill  
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga
  • UTC Division of Continuing Education

 

TICKET TO WORK

The Ticket to Work program provides employment services to individuals with disabilities that seek to return to work full time.  The person must be between the ages of 18 through 64 and receive Social Security disability benefits to take advantage of this free service.

  • Orange Grove Center

 

WELFARE-TO-WORK

Welfare-to-work services are designed to open employment opportunities for people at a disadvantage in the labor market. Services range from seminars on punctuality, interpersonal relationships, and positive/attitude behavior to counseling focusing on interviewing skills, resume’ writing, and job application filing. Some organizations/institutions provide full service by offering job placement services as well as the seminars and counseling. Job placement services provide employment opportunities by assessing job seekers’ strengths and interests and linking them with available jobs in their fields of interest. Listed below are local organizations/institutions that provide welfare-to-work services:

  • The Aim Center, Inc.
  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Bridge of Hope – Chattanooga Christian Women’s Job Corps
  • Chattanooga Endeavors
  • Chattanooga Goodwill
  • Families First Career Development Center (operated by Maximus)
  • Inner City Ministries
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS

Workforce development consulting includes training, development, and learning by employees, the self-employed, and owners/managers to improve all workplace conditions. Workforce development can include academic, subject-based training, but it usually focuses on more work-related, vocational training such as general communication, people and management skills, and industry-specific skills. Workforce development consulting is beneficial to employers as well as employees as higher profits equal higher wages. Listed below are local organizations that provide workforce development training:

  • American Job Center at Chattanooga
  • Ameritel Communications
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services – UT Corporate Connections 
  • UT Center for Industrial Services
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship

 

WORKKEYS

WorkKeys Job Profiling and Assessment, a division of the ACT assessment used by most colleges, tests people in the areas of problem solving, communication, and teamwork.  It also identifies the skill levels needed to do specific jobs, so students can learn where they need improvement to obtain the job of their choice. Job Analysis is also performed to identify physical job demands. The results provide employers with valid information about each job so that potential employees’ performance abilities can be tested prior to hiring. Ultimately, the goal of WorkKeys is to develop a job market where students and employees in their communities are adequately prepared for higher-skill, higher-wage jobs. Listed below are local institutions that provide WorkKeys testing:

  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College

 

WORKPLACE ACCOMODATIONS

Assessing a workplace and making adaptations to better suit the worker with a disability.

This could involve low to high tech solutions, based on the worker’s needs.

  • Signal Centers’ Assistive Technology Services

 

TWO-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Two-year degree programs offer customized training needs for potential careers in business, industry, and government. Certification from two- year programs provides an entrance into the job market for a particular field or trade. Listed below is a local institution that offers two-year degree programs:

  • Belhaven University
  • Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers, Inc.
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Educational Opportunity Center, UTC
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Miller-Motte Technical College
  • Southern Adventist University
  • WGU Tennessee - Western Governor’s University
  • Virginia College School of Business and Health
  • University of Phoenix-Chattanooga Campus

 

FOUR-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Four-year degree programs offer customized training needs for potential careers in business, industry, and government as well as general studies classes to provide an overall well-rounded educational background. Eligibility for most upper- level jobs requires at least a four-year degree in a particular field. Listed below are local institutions that offer four-year degree programs:

  • Belhaven University
  • Covenant College
  • Educational Opportunity Center, UTC
  • Southern Adventist University
  • University of Phoenix – Chattanooga Campus 
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Virginia College School of Business and Health
  • WGU Tennessee - Western Governor’s University

 

GRADUATE DEGREES

Graduate degrees complement other achieved degrees as they represent a more detailed and specific educational background in a particular area.
Eligibility for many upper-level jobs requires a graduate degree, while jobs that don’t even require a graduate degree tend to pay more if you do have one.  Listed below are local institutions that offer graduate-degree programs:

  • Belhaven University
  • Covenant College
  • Southern Adventist University
  • University of Phoenix – Chattanooga Campus
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • WGU Tennessee - Western Governor’s University