LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT AREA TEN SOUTH CENTRAL TENNESSEE WORKFORCE BOARD TENNESSEE CAREER CENTER – COLUMBIA OFFICE COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE JANUARY 14, 2009 MINUTES A meeting of the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board was held on October 8, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tennessee Career Center – Columbia Office, Columbia, Tennessee. Members present were as follows: Rick Alexander Gayle Cook Tee Jackson Victor Lay Trent Ogilvie Jim Sloan T.R. Williams Tony Beyer Guy Derryberry Tamara James Sue MacArthur Sam Outlaw Dr. Janet Smith Rick Brewer Eddie Cook Jim Dixon Glenn Gordon Beth Keaton Sam Kennedy Pame Moore-Morrow Pamela Morris John Rawe Don Reeves, Jr. John Stephens Joe Max Williams James Copley and William Kirk submitted proxies. Guests in attendance were: James L. Bailey, Jr. Ron Beck Brittany Doan Hardin Franklin Bill Jolley Joe Boyd Liggett Linda Sampson Lois Wagner Jason Rich Deborah Lumpkins Glendora Fleeman Amber Chadwell Glenda Dickey Freddy Rich Paul Jennings Stan Curtis Staff in attendance were: Brian Balinger Dean Dickey Chuck Huckaby Patricia Lymon Ken Powis Charlotte Tamberrino Joe Beard Vicki Forsythe Sheryl Jordan Jan McKeel Brenda Sewell Stephen Webb Kaye Brewer Tina Groeneveld Greg Lowe Terry Wallace Bob Iannacone Shirley Derryberry John Carroll Sharon Johnson Tommy Burns Tina Holt Roma Powis Randy Wilmore Faye Rodgers Cindy Danet Tom Williford Vivian Cathey Murenda Frierson Donna Luna Rob Mitchell Stan Smith Suzanne Croft Emily Hill Chana Lymon Elaine Newcomb Maury County Mayor James L. Bailey, Jr. welcomed everyone to the meeting and Dean Dickey, Business Services Manager, gave a prayer. Don Reeves, Jr., Chairman, recognized the following Employer, Partner and Youth of the Quarter recipients: The National Healthcare Corporation (NHC) was recognized as the Employer of the Quarter. Tina Groeneveld, Director of Nursing, NHC Hillview, accepted the award on behalf of the organization, along with staff personnel, Glendora Fleeman, Amber Chadwell, Shirley Derryberry, Cindy Danet, Glenda Dickey, and Freddy Rich. As partners, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance has co-sponsored with NHC Healthcare three customized Practical Nursing training programs with 60 graduates, two OJT contracts with four participants, and one Registered Nursing Skills Shortage Training class graduating 32. NHC has also been instrumental in providing free CNA training to over 100 Career Center customers. Through the years the partnership expanded to other NHC facilities thus providing better accommodations for our Career Center dislocated workers that transitioned from manufacturing jobs to new careers in healthcare. The Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald was recognized as Employer of the Quarter. Mr. Rick Brewer, Director, accepted the award. For many years TTC at Hohenwald has been instrumental in developing and providing training programs for our workforce. Director Rick Brewer and Assistant Director Kelli Kea-Carroll oversee the school in Hohenwald. TTC at Hohenwald and the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance have worked together to provide various training programs for Career Center customers. Some of the specialized projects TTC at Hohenwald has provided include two Automotive Technology special classes at Mt. Pleasant, three customized Practical Nursing classes co-sponsored with SCTWA and NHC Healthcare. Brittany Doan was recognized as the Youth of the Quarter. Ms. Doan is a participant in the WIA sponsored Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) program at Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee. Her future career goal is to become a pharmacist. This semester, she has decided to focus on bringing up her ACT score and increase her GPA in hopes of securing more scholarship opportunities. A panel discussion was held concerning issues pertaining to the theme of the, “Opportunities and Challenges of Workforce Development in the Healthcare Industry”. Panelists were Bill Jolley, Vice President, Tennessee Hospital Association (facilitator), Kay Brewer, VP Human Resources, Maury Regional Medical Center, Randy Wilmore, CEO, Middle Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic, Lois Wagner, PhD, APRN-BC, Vanderbilt University & Tennessee Center for Nursing, and Tina Groeneveld, Director of Nursing, NHC Hillview. The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. The minutes from the October 8, 2008 meeting were approved by consent. The following Ad Hoc Committee Bylaw Recommendations were briefly reviewed and discussed: 1. AR 003 page 2 of 2 Add to Section 5 –Member Responsibility (italicized words are the addition): c. Conflict of Interest. Each member shall sign the South Central TN Workforce Board Conflict of Interest Statement prior to participating as a voting board member. A copy of the Statement is attached as Appendix A. 2. AR 005 page 2 of 3 Modify the title of Section 2 b. to the following (italicized words are the addition): b. P-16 Education Council , formerly referred to as the Youth Council Jim Sloan made the motion to approve the Ad Hoc Committee’s bylaw recommendations. Victor Lay seconded the motion. The motion was passed. Joe Max Williams conducted the remainder of the meeting on behalf of Mr. Reeves, Chairman. The Unemployment Rate Analysis and Adult Training Report were briefly reviewed. Rick Molder, Director of Program Operations, briefly reviewed the Dislocated Worker Update. He mentioned there have been approximately 1700 layoffs in our area since the last report. It was mentioned that entrepreneurial workshops will be offered starting in February in area counties. The Youth Update was reviewed and discussed. An in-school program with Artistree, which linked with this year’s Big Read featured book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, was developed and performed. Approximately 150 Students from six schools, as well as youths from the Maury County Boys and Girls Club, participated this year. In addition, it was mentioned there were 50 students who participated in the Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) program last semester. There are currently three JTG programs located in Lewis, Maury, and Perry Counties. Ms. McKeel mentioned a meeting with employers in Marshall County will be held on January 23rd to discuss the various needs of their employees. The remaining information items were deferred to members to review at their convenience. The meeting adjourned at 1:41 p.m.