Education and Workforce Development

One of the most effective ways to support our region’s workforce is through responsible education and workforce policy. From early childhood education to tailored workforce development initiatives, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce supports legislation that provides our robust education system with the ability to be flexible in order to meet the present and future needs of our workforce.

K-12 EDUCATION


  • Support policies and initiatives that provide more freedom to structure education to better fit the needs of students and employers
  • Support legislation that limits the liability of companies that partner with the school system for work-based learning programs
  • Support efforts that increase the annual funding for K-12 education in Chattanooga and Hamilton County

HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Support Tennessee’s Drive to 55 effort. Through Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, individuals have a great opportunity to obtain a degree or certification with zero tuition costs
  • Support expanded availability of regional manufacturing training
  • Support legislation that would provide in-state tuition for DREAMers
  • Support University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s efforts to secure appropriation funding for a Health Sciences building (CC)

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


  • Support expanded vocational training programs
  • Support Chattanooga State’s efforts to secure funding for an advanced manufacturing building
  • Support the expansion of computer sciences programming and other technical programs at UTC and Chattanooga State (CC)

WORFORCE DEVELOPMENT


  • Support additional funding for the state’s work-based learning grants
  • Support enhancement of programs and projects that strengthen the link between publicly funded workforce development initiatives and economic development
  • Support criminal justice reform programs that provide vocation/skills training and job coaching for those re-entering the workforce after a period of incarceration (CC)
  • Support programs and initiatives that strategically serve to increase diversity and inclusion throughout our economy (CC)