Tennessee Career Center

The Dyer County Sheriff’s Department will establish programs and deliver services at the Dyer County Correctional Work Center to establish a specialized American Job Center/TN Career Center to provide basic and individualized career services to a minimum of 25 inmates to facilitate job placement and retention upon release.

The Northwest TN Workforce Board in Local Workforce Development Area 12 has developed a partnership with the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office to establish a “specialized” TN Career Center on the campus of the Dyer County Correctional Work Center (DCCWC).  The 30-bed inmate correctional center opened summer of 2015, providing counseling on relapse prevention, drug and alcohol education and socialization to its male population. 

A lengthy assessment is given to each inmate prior to be referred from the general population jail facility to the DCCWC, which is a State approved mental health counseling center. The goal of the new Jail2Job program is that by the time inmates are released, they will owe no fines, have a valid driver’s license, be drug free and have a job.


Cynthia Webb, Director of Administration and Fiscal Services at Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board, was named by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) as the state’s 2015 Western Region Workforce Services Employee of the Year. This annual award publicly acknowledged Webb for her outstanding service to customers, exhibiting a positive attitude, initiative, exceptional work ethic, her relationship with customers and fellow workers and her ability to relate to the mission.

The State Workforce Development Board presented Webb with this prestigious award at its State Workforce Development Board Meeting on February 12, 2016 at the Department of Labor in Nashville.

 “Cynthia Webb is truly a joy to work with, and it is wonderful to see how her positive behavior rubs off on other staff,” said Margaret Prater, Vice President for Workforce Development. “It has amazing to me that she can maintain a positive attitude with all the transition this past year."

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced that Marvin Windows and Doors of Tennessee located in Ripley was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

 "Marvin Windows and Doors has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins, who presented the Volunteer STAR award today at the company’s facility located at 101 Marvin Drive in Ripley. “It is evident Marvin Windows and Doors is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”

The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.

According to the newly released Tennessee labor force estimates for December 2015, average unemployment among the counties of Northwest TN (LWIA 12) remained at 7.3%, with no change since November.

Across the 11-county area, the total labor force weighed in at 144,500 persons, of whom 10,530 were unemployed.

Dyer County reported the greatest improvement, moving from 7.7% unemployment in November to 7.3% in December. Other counties with reduced unemployment included Henry, Lauderdale Tipton, and Weakley.

Although Lauderdale County had the worst unemployment rate in the area at 9.2%, it was a slight improvement from the 9.4% reported in November. 

On the other hand, unemployment in Lake County grew from 8.7% to 9%, and other counties including Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Henry, Lake, and Obion all had worse unemployment in December than in November.

Of the ten Tennessee counties with the highest unemployment rates, three were in Northwest TN: Lauderdale County (9.2% unemployment), Lake County (9%), and Obion County (8.5%).


NASHVILLE February 22 – The Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) will showcase its successes at sites across Tennessee on TN LEAP Day, February 29th. Education and employer sites throughout the twelve LEAP site areas will demonstrate the skills students are learning through the program and provide students an opportunity to meet with employers.

On TN LEAP Day, which will coincide with “Leap Day” on February 29th, Crockett County High School and TCAT Newbern – Bells Campus will host an event to highlight the work being done in local classrooms. For this event, area employers have been invited into the newly created Certified Production Technician class (CPT) to learn more about what the students are studying in preparation for careers in manufacturing. The CPT Pathway to Advanced Manufacturing includes four modules key to entry-level jobs offered in local industries: Safety, Quality, Manufacturing Processes, and Maintenance Awareness.