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Knoxville Chamber
Workforce & Education
Education Initiatives


The economic vitality of our region depends upon having an educated workforce prepared for well-paying jobs in a global economy. Our leadership initiated the local conversation about the need for public education reform in 2006 and we have been heavily engaged in the process of transforming K-12 educational standards ever since. Below are links to several initiatives we are actively engaged in that are designed to assist our region's educators prepare today's students for tomorrow's jobs. 

Expect More, Achieve More - We are one of over 300 members of this statewide alliance of business, community, and education organizations in Tennessee that supports high academic standards in public education, including the Common Core standards. These new standards were developed by state leaders to ensure every student graduates high school prepared for college or the workforce and will focus on collaborative learning and problem-solving, rather than traditional instruction and memorization. Please join in supporting these new standards by signing our Common Core pledge. On August 1, 2013, the Chamber overwhelmingly passed a resolution to support the Common Core State Standards. 

Other initiatives:

Educators in the Workplace -  A program designed to show teachers real-world applications of the curriculum they teach so they can engage and excite their students.

EMIS Project - The Chamber has worked closely with the Knox County Schools to develop and launch the Education Management Information System (EMIS) to enable educators to measure academic outcomes against financial resources in a timely and practical environment.

FIRST Robotics Competition - The Chamber plays a major role in hosting the annual FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional, a STEM-focused competition that inspires high school students to build and compete with robots.

STEMspark - STEMspark is the East Tennessee STEM Education regional "hub" and is funded through the Race to the Top grant. The STEMspark is a regional partnership of educational, business, scientific, and research institutions and organizations whose mission is to promote and support high quality STEM education in our region. 

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