McMinn County is blessed with top quality training resources that produce qualified, employable and ready-to-work employees.  Our workforce development strategic planning committee listens to our local employers to develop programs focused on their workforce needs.  Below are local training providers that work with our local manufacturers to successfully meet their training needs. 

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), located in McMinn County, Athens, Tennessee is dedicated to training students with skills of today and the future.  Training programs include: administrative office technology, electronics, industrial electricity, industrial maintenance, machine tool technology, welding, and special industry training.  Special industry training includes the following programs offered on a 30 hour per week schedule and can be modified in order to meet the training needs of employers:  Automotive Technology ASE Certified training, Business Systems Technology Training for administrative assistance, Industrial Electricity provides hands-on wiring and troubleshooting offered on PLC controls, motor controls, and transformers; Industrial Maintenance provides skills needed to perform general maintenance in electronics, machining, welding, and mechanical maintenance; Machine Tool technology provides training on state-of-the-art Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment, lathes, and milling; and  Welding is a year-long program covering all major welding processes. 


Cleveland State Community College (CSCC) houses a satellite campus in McMinn County, Athens, Tennessee.  CSCC offers two-year degree programs in a variety of business and technology applications and technical certification in many disciplines.  CSCC is an accredited public community college serving approximately 3,500 credit students and 1,500 non-credit students.  CSCC offers customized workforce training to meet the needs of local industry.  They also offer skills assessments to identify individual training needs. The CSCC OneSource Workforce Readiness Center has made a major investment in Scientific Management Technique's® (SMT) time tested industrial skill assessment machines and protocols which are used in the hiring process globally for the selection and evaluation of maintenance mechanics, machine operators, industrial electricians, PLC technicians and electro-mechanical personnel. Through scientific methods, current or potential employees can be assessed and trained to match specific skills necessary to do the job. The benefits to employers in time and expenses are significant.  The investment in SMT's time tested industrial skill assessment machines from OneSource allows the evaluation of: Maintenance Mechanics, Machine Operators, Industrial Electricians, PLC Technicians, Electro-Mechanical Personnel, CNC, and Process Control. 

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Service (CIS) is part of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service system.  CIS provides consulting and training solutions to help companies improve and grow in Tennessee. The Center assists local manufacturers with new production techniques and business practices, expanding markets, complying with regulations, and much more. CIS provides assistance and training with manufacturing operations, management, quality, financial and information systems, human resources, energy management, safety and environmental compliance and assistance, and LEAN manufacturing. The Center also assists businesses in working with government contracting.

The Tennessee Career Center’s regional office is located in the City of Athens, McMinn County.  The Career Center offers job placement programs as well as training programs to assist those that are unemployed and underemployed find gainful employment.   The Center provides testing including testing for the Career Readiness Certificate.  The Department of Labor and Workforce Development offers employers access to job seekers through the Athens Career Center.  In addition, they provide customized training opportunities.  When an employer identifies the need to train a group of job applicants in a specific occupational skill area, the Local Workforce Investment Area located at the Athens Career Center can assist with meeting the employer's training needs. The local program can pay up to 50% of the total cost for training a group of potential employees. The employer must agree to hire all of the applicants referred who successfully complete the training.  When an employer identifies the need to fill a vacant position, they often have a choice of hiring a skilled worker or a worker who needs to have additional training. If the employer is willing to hire an individual who has no prior experience in the vacant position, an on-the-job training contract may be developed with the Local Workforce Investment Area. Under this agreement, the local program can pay up to 50% of the trainee's wages during the specified training period. The employer must agree to hire the trainee, if he/she successfully completes the training.  In addition, the state may enter into an agreement with an employer to provide training to incumbent workers whose skills must be upgraded in order to avert worker dislocation.

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