Benton, Crockett, and Henry Counties have met all criteria to maintain their status as certified ACT Work Ready Communities, demonstrating their commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers and current and future citizens of the county.
Special from Mid-Cumberland
Peggy Cook is a Career Advisor for Mid-Cumberland in the Dresden American Job Center. Peggy is one of the many employees whom actually used the America Job Center Services and would like to to share her experience.
My name is Peggy Cook. In 2013 I lost my job of 28 years due to my company closing. I was devastated. I was 80 years old but not ready to retire. I received unemployment for six months while searching for a job. At this age employment seemed impossible. Someone told me to go to the American Job Center in Dresden. I went to the center and was told about the Senior Community Service Employment Program. In June 2014, I started working atthe Dresden Center through the SCSEP as a receptionist.
Up to thirty (30) young adults ages 18-24 from Northwest TN have an opportunity to “reap” the benefits of a pre-vocational training program – Registered Electrical Apprenticeship Preparation (REAP), a partnership between Amteck, the American Job Center, and the Northwest TN Workforce Board. Amteck delivers the latest in cutting-edge technology in the electrical engineering and contracting industry. Through agreements with the US ReDepartment of Labor, Amteck offers a 4-year Registered Apprenticeship including classroom and on-the-job training while being paid. Apprentices may travel to different locations to work on construction sites across the country. After successful completion of the 4-year program, apprentices are prepared to take the exam to become a Journeyman/Licensed Electrician earning an estimated $70,000 annually.