Initiatives

Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley works to develop a world-class workforce through initiatives that ensure a robust K-12 pipeline, and a high-quality higher education and workforce training system that meets current and future industry workforce needs.

STEM Education

We support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education on many fronts.

  • L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville and Clayton-Bradley Academy in Blount County focus on a rich integrated curriculum aligned toward STEM disciplines.
  • FIRST Robotics is a global technology and engineering competition for high school students that emphasizes science, innovation, and design, as they build their own robots to pit against one another in a sporting style contest.

Career Magnet Academy

  • The Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State Community College (CMA) is a revolution in secondary education. The goal of CMA is to offer students a chance to graduate with an incredibly rich education that entails "hard-skills," "soft-skills," and a great head-start towards their Associates Degree. By partnering with Pellissippi State Community College, our scholars can do just that. Scholars choose one of four career paths at CMA - Homeland Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Teacher Preparation, or Sustainable Living.  As they progress through CMA, scholars will transition from being solely a Knox County Schools student to becoming dually enrolled in both The Knox County Schools and Pellissippi State Community College.

Educators in the Workplace

  • We provide teachers with access to industry facilities and professionals throughout the year, but also through our Educators in the Workplace program which welcomes educators into businesses during the summer for a tour of their facilities, discussion about day-to-day operations, and insight into the workplace culture. The intent is to help educators find ways to link what they teach in the classroom to real-world applications for their students.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

  • The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The Knoxville Chamber proudly established Tennessee's first YEA! program in Knoxville in 2015. YEA! guides middle to high school-aged students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of a full academic year. The national program has graduated more than 4,000 students launch over 3,000 businesses and social movements! YEA! graduates started as students, and left the program as CEOs of their own companies! 

Community Involvement

  • We promote the value of education to the community using various methods including social media, presenting to area leaders and participating in community fairs & events. We also work closely with school districts in our region for strategic planning, project management, and to help recruit more business partners in education.