Tennessee Council for Career & Technical Education (TCCTE)

The Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education's mission is to serve as an independent advocate for quality Career and Technical Education programs and Workforce Development and functions as an independent oversight body. The Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education is a primary influence in visionary decision making for education and global workforce and economic development.   

The Council is active in the following capacities:

  • An advocate for citizens' education and training needs in Tennessee;
  • Conducts an annual public hearing on Career and Technical Education;
  • Assists in the development of strong, advisory committees at the local level;
  • Provides state-of-the-art curriculum advice;
  • Serves as an agent for information on curriculum change;
  • Reviews No Child Left Behind and First To The Top benchmarks and objectives, as change is implemented in schools; and
  • Integrates advisory and regulatory functions of oversight.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Fall Meeting: October 17-18, 2014 (Location TBD)
  • Public Forum: November 14, 2014 (Location TBD)
  • Winter Meeting: February 9-10, 2015 (Nashville, TN)
  • Spring Meeting: June 12-13, 2015 (Location TBD)

View past meeting minutes and additional resources here.

Public Forum: Call for Presentations

The TCCTE is seeking 10-minute presentations from secondary and postsecondary CTE programs and industry partners that are addressing challenges in unique and collaborative ways. Presenters will be asked to share their challenges and lessons learned. Successful practices will be highlighted and promoted by the council. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Career counseling services
  • Meeting high-skill, high-demand workforce needs
  • Innovative and rigorous CTE programs
  • Building and sustaining Industry partnerships and/or advisory boards
  • Rigorous work-based learning programs
  • Providing nationally-recognized student industry certifications
  • Sharing CTE equipment or facilities
  • CTE dual credit/dual enrollment opportunities
  • Building and/or sustaining registered apprenticeships

To propose a presentation topic, please complete the online submission form.

About the Council

Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education consists of thirteen members appointed by the Governor to serve in an advisory capacity to the Tennessee Board of Education, Tennessee Board of Regents, the Governor, and the General Assembly.  Members of the Council are appointed to serve six-year terms.

Seven individuals are representatives of the private sector in the state and constitute a majority of the membership. Six individuals are representatives of secondary and post-secondary education, career and technical institutions, career guidance and counseling organizations within the state, and/or individuals who have special knowledge and qualifications with respect to the educational and career development needs of special populations.

Council Membership

Gary BoothChairman

  • (Private Sector)
  • Manager, Human Resource Dev.
  • Volkswagen 
  • Chattanooga, TN  37412

Guy Z. Derryberry Vice Chairman

  • (Labor)
  • Columbia, TN  38401

Dean Blevins

  • (Postsecondary, TTC)
  • Director, TTC - Elizabethton
  • Elizabethton, TN 37643

Charlotte Burks

  • (Private Sector)
  • Legislature
  • State Senator  
  • 9 Legislative Plaza
  • Nashville, TN  37243-0215 
  • (Jennifer Murphy– Assistant)

Nicole Cobb

  • (Secondary, Guidance)
  • Nashville, TN 38305

Adren Crawford

  • (Labor)
  • Jackson, TN  37204

Julie Griggs

  • (Postsecondary)
  • Director, DSCC Gibson
  • County Center 
  • Trenton, TN 38382

Vickie Kirk

  • (Secondary)
  • Director of Schools
  • Greene County Schools
  • Greeneville, TN 37743

Jeffrey N. Lewis

  • (Private Sector)
  • Lexington, TN  38351

Jimmy Long

  • (Secondary, Agriculture)
  • Director of Schools
  • Humphreys County
  • Waverly, TN 37185

Stephen Miller

  • (Private Sector)
  • Decatur, TN 37322 

Hale Moss

  • (Private Sector)
  • Moss Florist and Garden Center 
  • Mt. Juliet, TN  37122

Ms. Willie Slate

  • (Special Populations)
  • CTE Director
  • Memphis City Schools
  • Memphis, TN 38116 

Chelsea Parker

  • Executive Director
  • Nashville, TN 37243
Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education
Last Update: October 2, 2014