Packett Chosen As CSCC’s Director Of Workforce Development

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Scott Packett was chosen as the director of Workforce Development at Cleveland State Community College.

Mr. Packett is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College (now Tennessee Wesleyan University) where he received his bachelor of science degree in behavioral science: sociology and human services, and he is currently pursuing his master’s of divinity in pastoral studies from Southern Theological Seminary. 

“Scott has excellent experience working with and providing training for business and industrial partners throughout our service area,” said Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC president. “He is an outstanding addition to our Workforce Development Team.” 

Prior to accepting the position as the director of Workforce Development at CSCC, Mr. Packett served as the Workforce and Grant coordinator for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Athens where he was responsible for developing and overseeing the Special Industry Training program, writing and managing grants, the development of marketing strategies, overseeing the Dual Enrollment program and supervising the College Access and Success coordinator.

“Working at TCAT was a valuable experience for me,” stated Mr. Packett. “I was involved in workforce development in the same five-county service area that CSCC serves. I would not be sitting here in this position if I hadn’t had the opportunity at TCAT.”

In his position, Mr. Packett will lead an expansion in the delivery of incumbent worker training for the industries that make up CSCC’s service area, while supporting growth in the unique testing, assessment, boot camps, and business solutions that distinguishes Cleveland State’s OneSource Workforce Development Center, officials said.

“After applying for the position, I was very excited to learn that Dr. Patty Weaver would be the assistant vice president of Workforce and Economic Development,” stated Mr. Packett. “Patty has a reputation for working hard and leading well, which in turn will motivate me to do the same.

“I’m really looking forward to working with my team to meet the needs of the local community. Dr. Seymour has a good vision for the college, which is very encouraging. Ultimately, I’d like for CSCC to be thought of as the central location for workforce development, whether it’s for the business side, the technology side, or the OneSource side.”

In his spare time, Mr. Packett enjoys spending time with his wife, Allyssa, and their two sons, Ayden, 8, and Avery, 6. In addition, he enjoys reading, coaching his son’s soccer team, and going to the Tennessee Smokies, UT football, and Atlanta Braves sporting events. He also serves as the lead pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Athens.

Lee Students Present At Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference

Nine Lee University students recently traveled to Union College in Barbourville, Ky., to present original academic research at the 25th annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference.  The eight students who presented in the literature panels are Emily Baker, Rebecca Doss, Erin McLaughlin, Jaran Miller, Macy O’Fallon, Maddie Schultz, Alexandra Squires, and Benjamin ... (click for more)

Vital To Address Graduates At CSCC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony

Cleveland State Community College will hold its annual spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium. Greg A. Vital has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. In January 2017, Cleveland State Community College announced the creation of Greg A. Vital Center for Natural Resources and Conservation, the college’s first ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In Plane Crash At The Collegedale Airport

A person was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening. Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane is a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said the person who died frequently had flown out of the Collegedale Airport. The FAA and NTSB are investigating ... (click for more)

$26.2 Million Grant Awarded For Bradley County Veterans Home

A $26.2 million U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Veterans Home Grant has been awarded for the construction of the future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home. “Today is a monumental day for the veterans of East Tennessee, and I am thrilled that they have finally received the long overdue grant funding for the Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home," said ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)