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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 22:00

SCRS Releases Line-Up for 2019 Repairer Roundtable in Nashville, TN


The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will host its annual Repairer Roundtable from 8:30—11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN.


The meeting is open to all industry participants and is free of charge. SCRS only requests that attendees pre-register so we can accommodate the audience as best as possible. Register by clicking here.


This year’s presentations will begin with Ann Thompson, director, workforce development at Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development and Kenyatta Lovett, Ph.D., executive director at Complete Tennessee, who will speak to unique programs in the state designed to drive more graduating high school students toward vocational schools, in addition to adult-oriented support programs designed to help busy adults revisit their career opportunities. All programs are aimed at developing a stronger workforce.


The presentation will cover Tennessee statistics, relative to the success of their last-dollar scholarship, programs that allow the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate from a community or technical college. In addition, guests will lead a conversation surrounding the identification and strategic planning process at the state level and resulting steps to make changes that measurably impacted the output of new entrants into the workforce to serve the growing needs of manufacturing and trade-related businesses in Tennessee.

The conversations will segue to Dan Caldwell, senior manager of learning pathways for Nissan’s U.S. manufacturing operations. His team serves a population of 17,000, enabling their personal and professional growth in the fields of leadership, engineering and maintenance, and works within the communities they serve to prepare citizens for meaningful careers in advanced manufacturing and associated trades.


With the highest-producing manufacturing plant in North America in Smyrna, TN, Nissan has an ongoing need to develop and maintain a highly skilled workforce in middle Tennessee. To accelerate its efforts to find and train workers, Nissan and the state of Tennessee joined forces to build a 162,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art education and training facility adjacent to the automaker’s vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna. The public-private partnership of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the state of Tennessee and Nissan was developed to create educational opportunities that are closely aligned with current workforce needs. With a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March 2017, the facility houses a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campus including fields of study in automotive technology, collision repair technology and welding technology, among others.

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