Tennessee Council for Career & Technical Education (TCCTE)

The Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education is a legislated advisory council that advocates for quality CTE programs which prepare students for success in postsecondary education, careers, and life.

The Council is active in the following capacities:

  • Evaluates the delivery of career and technical education programs of study and services to secondary and postsecondary students to meet statewide workforce demands and determine whether the services meet the workforce development needs.
  • Advocates for the growth and development of Career and Technical Education to the governor, legislators, secondary and postsecondary educators, business and industry, private sector, students, and parents.
  • Provides oversight for the improvement process of career and technical education skills and knowledge to meet state and global workforce development trends.
  • Provides resources for the development of active and effective craft, local, and regional career and technical advisory councils.

View past meeting minutes and additional resources here.

Public Forum: Call for Presentations AND RSVPs

  • November 19, 2014
  • Location: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. - Networking with TCCTE Members
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Presentations

Register to Attend: The 2014 Public Forum is a free event to learn about and share the challenges and best practices in CTE education and training.

Propose a Presentation: 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

Upcoming Meetings

TCCTE meetings are open to the public. Contact Chelsea Parker for more details.

  • Fall Meeting: October 17, 2014 (Holiday Inn Knoxville West)
  • Public Forum: November 19, 2014 (Franklin Marriott Cool Springs)
  • Winter Meeting: February 9-10, 2015 (Nashville, TN)
  • Winter Meeting: February 17-18, 2015 (Sheraton, Downtown Nashville)

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 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, and/or individuals who have special knowledge and qualifications with respect to the educational and career development needs of special populations.

Council Membership

Guy Z. Derryberry Vice Chairman

  • (Labor)
  • Retired
  • General Motors
  • Columbia, TN  38401

Dean Blevins

  • (Postsecondary)
  • Director
  • TCAT Elizabethton
  • Elizabethton, TN 37643

Erik Carter

  • (Postsecondary, Special Populations)
  • Associate Professor of Special Education
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Nashville, TN 37203

Nicole Cobb

  • (Secondary, Counseling)
  • Executive Director of School Counseling
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Nashville, TN 38305

Adren Crawford

  • (Labor)
  • State Legislative Director
  • SMART Union, Transportation Division
  • Jackson, TN  37204

Allan Daisley

  • (Private Sector)
  • Director of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
  • Memphis Bioworks Foundation
  • Memphis, TN 38103

Vickie Kirk

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

Jeffrey N. Lewis

  • (Private Sector)
  • City President
  • FirstBank
  • Lexington, TN  38351

Terri K. Messer

  • (Postsecondary)
  • Dean of Business and Industry
  • Associate Professor of Economics
  • Jackson State Community College
  • Jackson, TN 38301

Stephen Miller

  • (Private Sector)
  • Chairman
  • SouthEast Bank & Trust
  • Decatur, TN 37322 

Andy Nash

  • (Private Sector)
  • Executive Vice President
  • The Farmers Bank
  • Portland, TN 37148

Arlette Robinson

  • (Secondary)
  • CTE Director
  • Bradley County
  • Cleveland, TN 37311

Tim L. Spires

  • (Private Sector)
  • President and CEO
  • Tennessee Association of Manufacturers
  • Chattanooga, TN  37402

Chelsea Parker

  • Executive Director
  • Nashville, TN 37243
Tennessee Council for Career and Technical Education
Last Update: November 13, 2014