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January 15, 2024 | Tom Ballard

AI will be front and center at “The Future of Work Symposium” in mid-March

The all-day event at Roane State Community College's main campus in Harriman will include a keynote by Lynne Parker.

Registration is now open for “The Future of Work Symposium” to be held on March 14 at Roane State Community College’s Harriman campus, 276 Patton Lane. The event will examine what the workforce will look like in the year 2030 and explore future-proofing solutions for a variety of industries.

The symposium is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. EST on March 14 and wrap up later that day at approximately 4:30 p.m. EST. There is no cost to attend. The event will be hosted inside the O’Brien Theatre. To register, click here.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lynne E. Parker, Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  and Director of the AI Tennessee Initiative. She will speak about the impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation on the skills needed by the workforce of tomorrow.

Three panel discussions are scheduled to follow the keynote, with breakout sessions expanding on the topics covered that include AI, advanced manufacturing, digital twinning, and entrepreneurship. Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Deneice Thomas will also 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.

“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 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 this link.


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