Tennessee Chamber Of Commerce Partners With Thinking Media In Career-Based Curriculum

Thursday, October 3, 2019

As employers across the state of Tennessee continue to project a shortage of qualified workers, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified the need for a new system that will make career awareness and preparation more seamless for students, parents, employers, and educators. Therefore, the Chamber has partnered with other experienced education and workforce organizations to offer a career-based curriculum for educators that illustrate localized career-focused pathways for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

This newest offering, coined the Tennessee Career Awareness & Preparation System (or “TN-CAPS”), will offer a long-term solution to the workforce “skills gap” by providing localized, demand-driven, student-centered resources. This portal will enable teachers to connect students with the needs of local businesses—and businesses to connect with students—in more meaningful ways, said officials.

Teachers will be able to download classroom-ready, age-appropriate lesson plans that illustrate the tasks common to careers that local businesses desire, and then link to actual local businesses near the specific school. 

Bradley Jackson, TN Chamber CEO said, “At the Chamber we continue to hear of the lack of qualified and prepared candidates for jobs in our state from our most prominent employers. We believe the TN-CAPS system will address this by providing great ways for teachers to easily link what they are doing in the classroom with regionally available careers and allow students to gain exposure to the local companies filling that future workforce pipeline."

Chattanooga-based Thinking Media is developing the new system that the Chamber will implement. Thinking Media has created e-Learning tools for more than 20 years that address workforce skill gaps and to expand interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and CS (Computer Science) careers. Thinking Media brands include Learning Blade, an interactive STEM and Computer Science career awareness toolbox, and both KeyTrain and Career Ready 101, now owned by  ACT, Inc. as a part of its WorkKeys Employment System.

The TN-CAPS program is being offered through the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with regional chambers as a service to Chamber members to strengthen the viability of local businesses and to aid in regional and statewide workforce development. The Tennessee Chamber plans to recruit businesses and schools to selected pilot locations across the state this winter, with the intent to launch statewide in all nine economic regions during the fall of 2020.



McCallie Welcomes Alumni Back Home To The Ridge For Reunion Weekend

Expert On Girls, Dr. Lisa Damour Addresses Parents At GPS

Digital Age At Cleveland State: Helping College Students Get What They Need


Hundreds of alumni came home to the Ridge for several activities related to Reunion Weekend. They were able to reminisce with their McCallie brethren and catch up with former teachers and coaches. ... (click for more)

On her return visit to GPS, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled and Under Pressure, planned to speak with parents on Thursday evening, Sept. 12, and then with ... (click for more)

Since the early days of formal education, college students have lugged hard-backed books to and from class. Over time, these books have gotten thicker, heavier, and more expensive causing students ... (click for more)


Student Scene

McCallie Welcomes Alumni Back Home To The Ridge For Reunion Weekend

Hundreds of alumni came home to the Ridge for several activities related to Reunion Weekend. They were able to reminisce with their McCallie brethren and catch up with former teachers and coaches. The weekend began with the Golden M luncheon, where retired headmaster Dr. R. Kirk Walker '69 was recognized as this year's Distinguished Alumnus. After the lunch, Golden M alumni ... (click for more)

Expert On Girls, Dr. Lisa Damour Addresses Parents At GPS

On her return visit to GPS, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled and Under Pressure, planned to speak with parents on Thursday evening, Sept. 12, and then with teachers, parents again, and then students on Friday. Unfortunately Chattanooga experienced a water main break which caused the cancellation of all Friday presentations. Thankfully, the ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Mac Taggart Shot In Shoulder By Officer After Pointing Gun At Deputies At Charleston, Tn.

A man was shot in the shoulder by a police officer at Charleston, Tn., early Sunday after a domestic disturbance call. At approximately 2 a.m., Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call near Laguna Drive in Charleston. Lance Leroy MacTaggart has been taken into custody on four counts of aggravated assault. While the victim sought medical treatment, deputies ... (click for more)

Woman Injured In Red Bank House Fire Saturday Evening

A woman was injured in a house fire Saturday evening in Red Bank. A 911 call was made reporting a house fire at 133 Flora Circle. At 6:30 p.m., Red Bank Fire Department responded to the scene and arrived reporting heavy smoke and fire on the back of the residence. The Red Bank Fire Department immediately requested a mutual aid response for additional manpower. The Signal ... (click for more)

Opinion

Ignored By The Water Company

How much time do you spend at Tennessee American Water's website? It is worthless for online reporting problems. Replies? Never happen. Communication? They appear to consciously avoid honest communication with concerned citizens. This "Opinion Page" is an avenue of last resort to report a problem, because no one is trying to listen at Tennessee American Water. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s Start With Truth

By all accounts the public schools in Chattanooga and Hamilton County are far from what the average taxpayer would want them to be. Our schools are our number one priorities, this easily reflected by the fact they now receive over 60 percent of the total county budget -- the most money ever allocated to public education in history -- and the unbridled desire of our booming area ... (click for more)