Event will examine what the workforce will look like in the year 2030

Registration is now open for The Future of Work Symposium to be held inside the O’Brien Theatre at the college’s flagship campus in Harriman at 276 Patton Lane March 14 at Roane State Community College.

“Our goal with this symposium is to support small businesses in the heart of our local communities so that they can succeed and prepare for the future,” said Mike Eppler, director of the WORC grant in Roane State’s Workforce Development office. “The training we are able to offer is already supporting entrepreneurship and building a better business ecosystem that will be sustainable long after this grant is done.”

The event will examine what the workforce will look like in the year 2030 and explore future-proofing solutions for a variety of industries. Keynote speaker Dr. Lynne E. Parker, vice chancellor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, will speak about the “impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation on the skills needed by the workforce of tomorrow.”

The symposium is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. March 14 and wrap up later that day at approximately 3:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend, and for more information visit roanestate.edu/worc2030.

Three panel discussions are scheduled to follow the keynote speaker.

Breakout sessions expanding on the topics covered, including:

  • AI
  • advanced manufacturing
  • digital twinning
  • entrepreneurship

Deneice Thomas, Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner, will welcome attendees and participate in one of the panels. The symposium is part of the Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities (WORC) grant, which Roane State is administering to help provide non-need-based training for those in the workforce, those out of the workforce or those who have been dislocated by their job.

The WORC grant-funded training is available through the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center (SBEC) at Roane State. Applications are currently being accepted. Full scholarships are available for business owners and employees seeking training to help support their business.

Applications can be found at roanestate.edu/sbec.

Event signage will be placed on the day of the event to help attendees navigate campus and locate convenient parking. A campus/building map is also available online.

For more information on the symposium, visit roanestate.edu/worc2030.

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