Jefferson County, TN, believes in preparing our students for life after graduation. For many of our students, this means teaching them technical education skills that they can use to be successful in a career within our county. Our public high school, Jefferson County High School, offers Career and Technical Education programs that prepare students to enter the workforce after high school or to go on to receive further education at one of the nearby technical colleges. The private high school in our county, Lakeway Academy, offers Career and Technical Education courses that students can elect to take as well. Our county is also surrounded by multiple trade schools, technical colleges, and community colleges that students can attend after high school to further their technical education and become better equipped for the workforce.
Career and Technical Education Programs at Jefferson County High School
Jefferson County High School has twelve Career and Technical Education programs that are further divided into different programs of study that students may choose to concentrate in. These programs teach students skills that they can use to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. They also provide students with the opportunity to earn industry certifications that will ensure they are prepared to enter the workforce. The career programs include:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
- Architecture & Construction
- Arts, Audio/Visual Technology & Communications
- Business Management & Administration
- Education & Training
- Health Sciences
- Human Services
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
- Marketing, Distribution & Logistics
Students in these programs typically take four to five courses in their program of study to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in that field. Most of these programs also have work-based learning opportunities so that students can get hands-on experience and apply the skills and knowledge they have gained during their Career and Technical Education and general education courses.
Career and Technical Education Courses at Lakeway Christian Academy
Lakeway Christian Academy is a private school located in Jefferson County, TN. While the academy’s high school primarily focuses on preparing students for college after graduation, the school also offers some Career and Technical Education courses for students. Students can choose to take one or more of these courses to explore interest in different career options and learn new skills. The Career and Technical Education courses offered by Lakeway Christian Academy are:
- Audio Visual/Production
- Introduction to Engineering
- Computer Science Essentials
- Principles of Manufacturing
- Culinary Arts
These courses allow students to gain foundational knowledge and skills in a field that they may wish to pursue after graduation, either with a career or further technical educational.
Technical Colleges Around Jefferson County, TN
After high school, students may decide to further their technical education at a technical college. Technical colleges teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their chosen career while also providing hands-on learning experience. There are several accredited technical colleges near Jefferson County, TN.
The largest and most well-known technical college in the area is the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT. TCAT has multiple campuses within a short driving distance of Jefferson County, including one in Morristown and a few campus locations in the Knoxville area. TCAT offers many different programs of study to prepare students to become successful in the workforce, including:
- Administrative Office Technology
- Automotive Technology
- Collision Repair Technology
- Computer Information Technology
- Dental Assisting
- Diesel Powered Equipment Technology
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
- Industrial Electricity
- Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics
- Machine Tool Technology
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Office Information Technology
- Nursing Aide
- Pipefitting and Plumbing
- Practical Nursing
- Surgical Technology
- Truck Driving
- Welding Technology
Most of these programs allow students to earn industry certifications in their field of study, and all of these programs give students the opportunity to acquire and grow marketable skills so that they can contribute to the economic development of their community.
Community Colleges with Technical Programs
Some community colleges around Jefferson County also offer technical education and workforce training programs to students. Examples of these higher education institutions include Walters State Community College in Morristown and Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville.
The Division of Technical Education at Walters State is an opportunity for career and technical education that many students in our county take advantage of. The Division allows students to pursue A.A.S degrees, technical program certificates and A.S. degrees designed for transfer to four-year institutions. The Division also helps business and industry by providing resources to help solve problems and to promote career training. The technical education programs offered by Walters State include:
- Computer Information Technology
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Engineering Systems Technology
- Engineering Technology
- Production Horticulture
A Growing, Skilled Workforce in Jefferson County, TN
Jefferson County, TN, is committed to encouraging community growth by investing in our workforce. We want our students and employees to gain all the skills and knowledge they need so that they can be successful in the workforce and so they can help our economy grow. Because of the emphasis we place on supporting growth in our workforce, Jefferson County has become a place that many businesses want to make their home. Our skilled workforce helps businesses in all industries achieve success here. If you are interested in moving your business to Jefferson County, TN, to reap the benefits of a skilled and growing workforce, reach out to us today for more information online or at 865-397-9642, or check out our available business sites.