Community leaders across Southwest Tennessee have joined forces to align academic programs with local workforce needs.

Pathways Southwest Tennessee

Pathways can succeed in Southwest Tennessee only through the cooperation and partnership of industry, education, and government. Employers connect to both students and teachers; educators learn from industry what is needed in the workforce; and both improve their efforts to train and hire a qualified workforce.

Jackson State Community College, University of Memphis/Lambuth, TCATs in Jackson, Whiteville, Crump and their satellite offices; local school districts in Chester, Decatur, Haywood, Madison, and McNairy Counties -- all cooperate to create seamless pathways for students from high school through postsecondary training.

Numerous industries in all our participating counties are creating work-based learning experiences for students, from the initial “plant tour” to funding internships and co-op experiences on site. We are fortunate to have assembled such a great team to get this initiative underway; and encourage you to contact us if you would like to help.

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“We’re excited to be a part of Pathways in Haywood County. Hosting plant tours for Haywood High freshmen was a great experience, and it really opened their eyes to the possibilities of manufacturing as a career choice. It’s not your granddad’s factory work anymore!"

- Renee Sisk, Human Resources Manager, Precision Coils, Brownsville

Pathways Southwest TN, in partnership with Pathways TN, has identified Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology as the most needed areas to strengthen student readiness and create employment opportunities for our youth. Through strategic partnerships and increased involvement among industry, education, and local governments, Pathways Southwest TN is laying the foundation for expanding our qualified workforce, while training students for a meaningful job and career.