The Dyer County Sheriff’s Department will establish programs and deliver services at the Dyer County Correctional Work Center to establish a specialized American Job Center/TN Career Center to provide basic and individualized career services to a minimum of 25 inmates to facilitate job placement and retention upon release.

The Northwest TN Workforce Board in Local Workforce Development Area 12 has developed a partnership with the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office to establish a “specialized” TN Career Center on the campus of the Dyer County Correctional Work Center (DCCWC).  The 30-bed inmate correctional center opened summer of 2015, providing counseling on relapse prevention, drug and alcohol education and socialization to its male population. 

A lengthy assessment is given to each inmate prior to be referred from the general population jail facility to the DCCWC, which is a State approved mental health counseling center. The goal of the new Jail2Job program is that by the time inmates are released, they will owe no fines, have a valid driver’s license, be drug free and have a job.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced that Marvin Windows and Doors of Tennessee located in Ripley was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

 "Marvin Windows and Doors has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins, who presented the Volunteer STAR award today at the company’s facility located at 101 Marvin Drive in Ripley. “It is evident Marvin Windows and Doors is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”

The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.

The Labor & Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant has provided the local workforce development area a key link in tying together statewide workforce and economic development initiatives like TN Pathways, Drive to 55, Workforce 360 and the local ACT Work Ready Communities project. Offering Certified Production Technician (CPT) classes in high schools builds on partnerships the TN Career Centers have been building with local manufacturers through October Manufacturing Month tours. It also strengthens the Advanced Manufacturing Pathway for students. The coursework provides a solid foundation for young people interested in manufacturing careers. Kristy Mercer, HR Manager for Ceco Doors agrees, “Ceco is excited to see a grant offering manufacturing-friendly classes at the high school level. Laying this groundwork will go a long way in preparing the students for manufacturing careers. I think knowing that your classes will directly contribute to a future job is exciting for the students! Ceco is open to providing tours and job shadowing to complement the program. Gibson County has put forth the effort for several years to improve the workforce and working at the high school level is a great approach.”