Education and Training Resources

A highly educated workforce is a key element in business success, and Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley region offers quality educational institutions and workforce education programs at every level.

We also offer many degree programs and training opportunities focused on our Target Clusters; Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, Corporate Services, Creative Media, Energy and Transportation.

Post-Secondary Education

Committed to quality education, the Innovation Valley region offers a top-notch education for everyone. Our region is home to:

  • The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee
  • 13 additional four-year institutions
  • 5 two-year and community colleges
  • 5 "Colleges of Applied Technology"


Public Education

The Tennessee Department of Education is helping build a highly skilled workforce and labor base with programs, and a strong foundation for students through service, accountability, partnerships and innovation.

Drive To 55

Governor Haslam has challenged our state with a critical new mission: the Drive to 55 – the Drive to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.

  • Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.
  • Tennessee Reconnect is Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. As part of Tennessee Reconnect, all Tennessee adults can now attend and earn a diploma or certificate at any of the 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) completely free of tuition and fees.
  • Tennessee LEAP will help ensure that postsecondary institutions are producing the skills and credentials that Tennessee employers actually need. The objective of Tennessee LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) is to eliminate skills gaps across the state in a proactive, data-driven, and coordinated manner by encouraging collaboration across education and industry and by utilizing regional workforce data to identify and then fill skills gaps across the state.
High Standards and Assessments:
  • Tennessee Report Card is a comprehensive showcase of state, district and school-level data for each school year. The Report Card includes demographics, achievement results, accountability progress, value-added data, attendance figures, graduation rate and more.
  • Expect More, Achieve More, is a statewide coalition of over 200 Tennessee organizations, in which we are a partner. It is led by SCORE to build engagement, support, and awareness of Tennessee's efforts to raise the bar in the classroom.
  • Technology: Tennessee is committed to providing the best access to technology in the classroom. Specifically, in Knox County, eleven schools will be participating in a 1:1 technology initiative. This will provide each student and teacher with a device, will facilitate personalized learning and will transform teacher instruction.
Other programs:
  • Teach Tennessee encourages mid-career professionals to become teachers in subjects such as math, science, and foreign language.
  • Books from Birth provides books monthly to children in Tennessee before they enter kindergarten at no cost.

Private Education

  • The Innovation Valley region offers a variety of private K-12 options for both religious and non-religious affiliations.

Additional Resources:

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development:
  • Career Centers are a network of centers across the state where employers can go to find the workers they need and job seekers can get assistance and career information using computerized labor market information in addition to job placement, recruitment, and training referrals.
  • Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses
  • East Tennessee College Alliance is comprised of non-profit post-secondary institutions in East Tennessee, where member institutions work together to identify our community's workforce development needs and provide appropriate educational opportunities to the non-traditional working student.