Celebrating National Tradesman Week
Celebrating National Tradesman Week
Rutherford Works
Where passion meets opportunity
10/2/2018

Rutherford County Celebrates National Tradesmen Week - September 16 - 21, 2018

Sophie Wells is an eighth-grader at Christiana Middle School. She is planning to be a civil engineer when she grows up. After touring Rockvale High School, which is currently under construction and planning to open in August, Wells has a backup plan.
“Construction is a career many people don’t choose and it is something that has openings,” she said. “Who knows, if civil engineering doesn’t work out, construction could be the way to go." “Seeing Rockvale High’s construction site (was) an amazing opportunity.”
Similar to Wells, Allana Barnes had a general interest in seeing how schools are built.
“I never looked into construction before,” Barnes said, “but I feel like it would be interesting.” Wells and Barnes were two of 15 seventh- and eighth-grade students STEM instructor Dawn Powell brought over to the Rockvale site as part of the Trades Week Tours arranged by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Rutherford Works.

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And Here’s What Students and Teachers Learned from the Tours


76% of students said they learned more than they previously knew about construction trades after attending a facility or project tour.


"While touring one of the construction sites, I learned that multiple companies, and job functions are required to complete a project. It really does take a wide range of skills and knowledge to build something beautiful!” 
 - Rutherford County High School Student

After touring construction sites and new projects in the Rutherford County area, students were surveyed and asked how likely would they be to choose a career in the construction trades. 44% of students said that because they attended this learning opportunity, they would consider a construction trade as a possible career path!

Thank You to Our Tour Hosts!


Upcoming Events 

Rutherford Works Manufacturing Day Council Meeting

October 9, 8:30-10:30 AM | COST: FREE
Oakland High School | 2225 Patriot Drive, Murfreesboro, TN
Please help us celebrate National Manufacturing Day by attending our October meeting, which will be held at Oakland High School.  You will have the opportunity to tour the manufacturing classrooms and learn more about the 4 year program of study, industry certifications, and Skills USA competitions. You will also learn how you can begin to grow your manufacturing workforce today.  

A special THANK YOU to UTCIS for sponsoring this!

Featured: Oakland High School's Manufacturing Program
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Rutherford Works Health Care Education Week Council Meeting

October 17, 8:30-10:00 AM | COST: FREE
Stewarts Creek High School | 301 Red Hawk Pkwy, Smyrna, TN
Please help us celebrate National Health Care Education Week by attending our October meeting which will be held at Stewarts Creek High School.  You will have the opportunity to tour the health science classrooms and learn more about the 4 year program of study, industry certifications, and HOSA competitions. You will also learn how you can begin to grow your health care workforce today.  

Featured: Stewarts Creek High School Health Science Program

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Rutherford Works Tech Community Meeting

October 16, 2018 | 8:00 AM | TCAT Smyrna / Nissian Training Facility

Rutherford Works Construction Council Meeting 

October 18, 2018 | 8:00 AM

Reconnect Meeting

October 22, 2018 | 2:00 PM
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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