Our County: Resources available for finding good jobs
by D. Gary Davis
Jun 24, 2014 | 493 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last month, many in our county had family members who have had the honor of graduating from their respective high school, college or university program.

Hopefully, they have enjoyed a few days off and have now entered the group of those who are seeking employment.

There are many resources to help those who are at this point in their lives and hopefully at least the majority, if not all, have been successful in finding their place in a new career opportunity.

It has come to my attention that we also now have access to another tool that many in our area and surrounding communities may find helpful. This is the “Tennessee Works” program. Please visit the following two websites — http://tennesseeworks.org/about-us/ and http://tennesseeworks.org /2014/02/vanderbilt-kennedy-center-awarded-new-employment-grant/ — for more information.

If you have a family member with a diagnosis or a disability and they are seeking employment, there can be new and additional challenges that many other employment seekers do not encounter. The Tennessee Works program was developed and envisioned as an information hub of and for resources to help youth with disabilities primarily find productive employment all across the state of Tennessee.

With few from our region utilizing, and many not even knowing that this resource exists, I would like to help those who may need this service gain access to its vast resources.

If you are a parent of a child, business owner, educational system, agency, policymaker, congregation or even a community member, there is not only a place for you to become involved, there is a place to do so with a multiplied effect of success.

With Vanderbilt University receiving the grant and the matrix of theirs and Tennessee Works professionals working together, the ability to have a profound effect on our community is well within reach. Please take time to enter the online survey, see what you can do to contribute and what you can also receive for your family if you find yourself or your family members in need of services.

The Tennessee Works Partnership is a collaborative initiative between Vanderbilt University and more than 30 state agencies and disability organizations striving to improve outcomes for people with disabilities across the state.

There have been multiple agencies and employers locally in Bradley County who have enjoyed the benefit of amazing employees who make each day brighter just by them being at their place of employment. Many still do.

On behalf of all of Bradley County, thank you for leading the way and if you are in need of help please take time to utilize this new resource as well as our local agencies to improve your career and job search.

And thank you for everything each of you does to make Bradley County truly Tennessee at its best, each and every day!