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Highlights from 2018; High School Internship
Highlights from 2018; High School Internship
Where passion meets opportunity
1/8/2019


Happy New Year!  As we launch into 2019, I wanted to take a moment to thank our education, industry and community partners for your continued support of our mission:  Where Passion Meets Opportunity.  2018 was a banner year with the launch of the Work Ethic Distinction, our middle school Teacher Externship Program, the ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative and Project Second Chance – a short term skills training program for currently incarcerated, non-violent offenders. Other highlights included the opportunity to be a part of the Tennessee state team invited to the first ever White House STEM Summit and we welcomed a new member to our Rutherford Works team – Ms. Regina Ward – in August.  More outcomes and our photo gallery are included below.

We are excited to add a new event in 2019 that highlights soft skill development at the elementary school level.  The first annual Rutherford County Amazing Shake competition, being  held on January 16 and 17th, will culminate with 2 fifth graders being crowned champions of the handshake and interpersonal skills contest.  Our winners will move on to compete in the national Amazing Shake contest in Atlanta in February.  

Thanks to all of you who have helped us expand career exploration by speaking to a class, partnering with us at an 8th Grade Pathway Fair or hosting a field trip. Thanks to all of you who helped students learn to work by supporting work-based learning and our high school internship program.  Finally, thanks to all of you who recognize that in order to fill the jobs in our community, we’re going to have to do things differently, be willing to take risks, and work together.

Here’s to a prosperous new year for all of Rutherford County!  
- Beth Duffield, SVP Education & Workforce Development
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To learn more about our programs and how you or your company get involved, click here.

High School Internship Applications AVAILABLE Friday, January 11. 


Do you know a current Rutherford County High School junior who could benefit from a summer internship in their field of interest? 
Our Summer High School Internship program is a partnership with local employers who can offer students meaningful work assignments with a learning component ideally related to their area of interest.  We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Rutherford Works High School Internship Program on Friday, January 11. 

Feel free to share this with any students you think would be interested!
Click here for more details.

Questions? Contact Regina Ward

Upcoming Events

Rutherford Works Supply Chain Council Meeting

January 8, 2019 | 8 AM

Rutherford Works Health Care Council Meeting 

January 9, 2019 | 8 AM

Rutherford Works Manufacturing Council Meeting 

January 10, 2019 | 8:30 AM

Rutherford Works IT Community Meeting 

January 16, 2019 | 8:30 AM

Rutherford Works Construction Council Meeting 

January 17, 2019 | 8:00 AM
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