A Workforce to Reach the Rest of the World.

Jefferson County, Tennessee believes in the strengths that a skilled and educated workforce can have on industry success. From the highly successful secondary schools to the seven higher education institutions within a 30-minute drive, and the work ethic of the entire community, Jefferson County is proud of its 21st Century workforce.

Jefferson County High School has a graduation rate of 91 percent, and the vocational center is training students for employment or additional education immediately after high school. Neighboring counties' community colleges make higher education accessible without students having to leave Jefferson County. One of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the nation, Carson-Newman University offers bachelor's and master's degrees in multiple programs right in Jefferson County. Historically an agricultural community, Jefferson County's workforce has a work ethic and value that has led to the success of important businesses like Bush's Beans.

Tennessee is leading the way in education reform by increasing the number of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications through Tennessee Promise and TN Reconnect. As the only state in the country with these initiatives, Tennessee's higher education initiatives ensure employers have the support of highly skilled workers.


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Students Enrolled in Seven Regional Higher Education Institutions


Jefferson County is committed to developing a trained workforce. With a 91 percent high school graduation rate and ACT scores, and college going rates both equivalent to the state's averages, Jefferson County strives to keep its workforce ready to take on employment or pursue higher education opportunities at one of the seven area institutions.

Postsecondary options include Carson-Newman University, Johnson University, Pellissippi State Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Walters State Community College.

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Jefferson County offers a strategic location, educated workforce and strong business climate to help your business thrive.