Published: October 4, 2012
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce is joining with the Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro to start a new workforce development program targeting military personnel who are within six months of leaving service.
The Veterans Welcome Home Network is a recruitment strategy, developed out of a need to help address the shortage of skilled and unskilled production workers among industries within Rutherford County’s local workforce investment area.
The program will focus efforts on both a target group of individuals and those specific skill sets required by supporting organizations. It is designed to utilize existing skill sets based on prior military training and length of service, and the Technology Center will provide additional customized training as needed.
“When we meet with industry leaders, we often hear about the need to find skilled workers,” said Paul Latture, president of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to partner with the Technology Center on this program that has the ability to answer the pressing issue of workforce shortages by bolstering the ranks of employees who possess these critical skill sets.”
The network will be coordinated by a Technology Center employee who is also a veteran. The coordinator will work with the business and industry community to determine the skill sets required for current employment opportunities, as well as arrange on-site visits to the various military installations within a 300-mile radius of Murfreesboro.