April 25, 2017
What is Rutherford Reconnect? 
The Chamber recently welcomed business and education partners to learn how employees can take advantage of TN Reconnect Grants and reap benefits of higher education attainment in the workforce.  
Rutherford Reconnect aims to raise awareness about the financial benefits of adults completing certificates or degrees, and encourage employers to commit to supporting employees on their education journey. 
We are asking all employers to identify a Reconnect Ambassador within your organization to help point employees in the right direction. Training will be provided in late May.
To learn more about the information presented please click here, or contact Dan Caldwell or Beth Duffield
Register your Reconnect Ambassador

Robotics & Coding Camps
Time to start thinking about summer!  
Check out all of our awesome robotics and coding camps. There is still space left, but registration closes on May 1st. Don't miss out! 
Maker Lab: June 12-16 at Barfield Elementary - 3rd-5th graders
Each camper will develop basic coding skills as they make their own 'apps' with MIT's Scratch coding platform.  SOLD OUT (Waiting List) 

Think it! Design it! Print it in 3D!
:  June 12-16 at Blackman High School - 6th-8th graders
Campers will be taught a basic design software and use it to design and personalize everyday objects. Then, we will print them on the 3D printer!
STARs Camp: June 26-30 at Stewarts Middle Creek - 7th-12th graders
Campers will be introduced to the Edison® robot, where they learn the basics of building a robot, programming, and industry standard C-Programming languages used by professional engineers and computer scientists. Campers will work in teams to complete robotics challenges that will allow each team to invent, design, build, and produce a working robot prototype.

Raspberry Pi: June 26-30 at Old Main/MTSU - 9th-12th graders
The campers will first learn basic electronics and Python programming, allowing their Pi to process input from switches or other devices and control LED lamps and other components as output devices. At the end of the camp, campers will be shown how to use their Pi and game controller to set up a retro gaming console capable of playing a number of vintage video games.  
Space limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
All campers get to take home projects!
Camp Registration
Teach Ready T-shirt Design Winner
Student Aalyha Marie Ross designed this year's Teach Ready - Power Up for Success logo that will be featured on many items throughout the 2017 Teach Ready conference.
Ross, a rising senior in Mr. Steve Picklesimer's Digital Arts III class at Smyrna High School, entered her logo in a student design contest hosted by Rutherford Works.
As the winner, Ross received a $50 gift card and her school's program received $250. Congratulations and great work, Aalyha!
Upcoming Events

Rutherford Works Health Care Council Meeting
May 10, 2017
8:00 AM

Rutherford Works Manufacturing Council Meeting
May 11, 2017
8:30 AM

Rutherford Works Construction Council Meeting
May 18, 2017
8:00 AM
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Rutherford Works is the umbrella for the collaborative work of the offices of Economic Development and Workforce Development out of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. Rutherford Works oversees programs and services that help businesses start, grow, stay in, and get recruited to Rutherford County.
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