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TECW Newsletter, August 2014

September 02, 2014

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This month’s edition features Summit Speaker Beth DeBauche, testimony from UT Extension Services about economic barriers to women, Women's Equality Day, a celebration of two TECW members, and more. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, July 2014

July 31, 2014

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This month’s edition features the need for men in solving violence; a speaker profile of 2014 Summit speaker and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; WECF college scholarship information; a recent community donation to the WECF; and other news. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, June 2014

June 27, 2014

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This month’s edition features Goodwill of Middle Tennessee's Career Solutions programs; Vision 2020's Fourth National Congress; Mayor Karl Dean's recognition of AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers; and the 2014 Economic Summits in Middle and East Tennessee. Read the full newsletter here.

Goodwill Presents "Beyond Jobs" Program to Economic Council on Women

June 23, 2014

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As a part of its research on Women & Work, Economic Council staff recently met with Vice President Betty Johnson, Senior Director Matt Gloster, and Vocational Evaluator Barbara Stout of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee to discuss their 26 area Career Solutions Centers and the Beyond Jobs program.

The first thing we learned upon our arrival at the Nashville headquarters is that Goodwill is so much more than the stores we are used to. Goodwill has been beating the drum about their employment services for several years, and with very good reason.

Spread across 48 counties, Goodwill of Middle Tennessee operates 26 career centers that provided services to more than 23,000 Tennesseans in 2013.

Services offered by centers include job search and placement assistance, job fairs and connection to a large network of hiring managers, career counseling, interview and resume assistance, interest and aptitude assessment, as well as classes, training, and certifications in a number of skills.


“Women’s needs are remarkably different from men’s when they are looking for a job.”

Matt Gloster, Senior Director of Career Solutions Goodwill of Middle Tennessee


Of particular interest to the Council is Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program, which is directed toward women who are searching for work or upgrading their skills. Through this program, Goodwill is engaging women in a collaborative, social environment, which they say is producing great results for women, who face different social and emotional barriers when searching for work, and are able to learn together during this process. Women are also more likely than men to encounter hardship relating to child care, wardrobe, and matters of hygiene, which are rarely addressed in other job readiness programs, but are tackled by Beyond Jobs.

Through its many programs, Goodwill Career Solutions is not only providing a resource for Tennesseans to learn and grow, it is helping to place participants directly into the workforce, with average hourly wages of $9.31, in careers ranging from construction and hospitality to communications and home health care.

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TECW Newsletter, May 2014

May 29, 2014

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This month’s edition features Goodwill of Middle Tennessee's Career Solutions programs; Vision 2020's Fourth National Congress; Mayor Karl Dean's recognition of AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers; and the 2014 Economic Summits in Middle and East Tennessee. Read the full newsletter here.

TECW Newsletter, April 2014

April 30, 2014

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This month’s edition features the TECW’s recent State of Women’s Studies & Services Roundtable; Goodwill's "Beyond Jobs" program; and early information about the 2014 Economic Summit for Women. Read the full newsletter here.

Economic Council Holds Roundtable on Women's Studies and Services in Tennessee Higher Education

April 29, 2014

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NASHVILLE - A Roundtable discussion on the “State of Women’s Studies and Services in Tennessee” took place as part of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women’s (TECW) 2014 research on “Women & Work.”  The event was the first of its kind in Tennessee.

Directors of women’s studies programs and women’s centers from colleges and universities across the state participated in the discussion, which focused on effective collaboration and expanding the positive impact that programs have in their communities.  Dena Wise, chair of the TECW described the roundtable as “a way to both learn from our academic faculty across the state and engage them in collaborative work to benefit the women of Tennessee on a broad scale.”

Participants came from as far as East Tennessee State University (ETSU), in Johnson City, and the University of Tennessee at Martin to exchange information about academics and the implementation of programs like “Take Back the Night,” “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” and “The Clothesline Project”; all efforts designed to bring awareness to violence and hardships often faced by women and other populations that can be disenfranchised on campuses.

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Announcement - April Board & Commission Openings

April 11, 2014

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for these openings is Ma2 12, 2014.

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TECW Newsletter, March 2014

March 18, 2014

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This month’s edition features the TECW’s upcoming State of Women’s Studies Roundtable; Women’s History Month; VAW research from the European Union; the TECW's VAW Resource Center; and welcomes Noel Blackmire to the TECW Staff. Read the full newsletter here.

Announcement - Board & Commission Openings

March 07, 2014

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women has been advised of openings on the State Boards & Commissions listed below. The application deadline for these openings is March 30, 2014.

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