Workforce Development

Workforce development remains a top priority for the Chattanooga Chamber as well as for stakeholders throughout Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and our 16-county Thrive 2055 region.

Click Here to Download a .pdf of the Workforce Development Manual.

  • The Chamber’s diverse education and workforce development programs engage employers, employees, educational institutions and other service-providers, and job-seekers to address our region's workforce needs. Programs range from curricular and co-curricular initiatives within schools and partnerships with schools to skills workshops, job fairs, and seminars.
  • The Chattanooga Chamber offers programs in all 22 Hamilton County Department of Education high schools. We reach 15,000 students every school year and more than 1,000 community volunteers give their time to these programs - representing an economic impact estimated at more than $1 million in volunteer hours.

For more information about the impact of our workforce development programs, click here to see our Workforce Development Annual Report.

These programs include:

  • Career Crunch - a two-day career fair for 8th graders. Local professionals from more than 80 companies tell students about the educational requirements for in-demand jobs to encourage them to make good choices while still in school.
  • Reality Check – an interactive experience for 9th graders. Students learn budgeting and make the connection between education and income. Students play the role of  heads of household - while trying to provide for their families on a set budget.
  • Get A Job – for 10th graders. In this workshop, students are instructed on the finer points of interviewing skills, completing job applications, dressing for success and other topics of importance for the 21st century workforce.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – 11th graders learn money management. This program focuses on savings and credit card management.
  • College & Career Fair – designed for 11th and 12th graders. This fair provides students the opportunity to network with college representatives and members of the business community. Vendors set up booths and share information about higher education and career opportunities.

Our programs depend on active support from businesses and community partners. To volunteer, please contact Cathy Humble at 423.763.4321 or

In addition to its traditional education and workforce programming, the Chamber is also heavily involved with Chattanooga 2.0. For more information, please contact David Steele:

For information about the Chamber’s other workforce development programs, please contact Mattie Moran, at 423.763.4339 or