In April, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS, welcomed attendees to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee for the 2019 Repairer Roundtable.

With a focus on learning from unique initiatives spurring from Tennessee’s focus on developing a stronger workforce to support growth in business development, the video captures presentations from Director of Workforce Development at Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, Ann Thompson, and Kenyatta Lovett, Ph.D., Executive Director at Complete Tennessee.

Their topic covered TN-based programs developed to spur more adults and graduating high school students to work toward a degree or certificate in a vocational school or program, with an objective of better meeting market demand for skilled workers.

The presentation was followed with more from Dan Caldwell, Senior Manager of Learning Pathways for Nissan’s U.S. manufacturing operations, and Jon Mandrell, Ed.D., President of the Tennessee College of Applied Technologies (TCAT) – Murfreesboro.

The duo shared a collective look into Nissan’s application of these programs to address a shortage of skilled workers, and how the collaboration between the state, TCAT and industry addressed their needs through a cutting edge public/private partnership.

The program concluded with an engaged Q&A session, responding collision industry specific questions from the audience in attendance.

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