• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/12/2013
  • Club Name: Greeneville
  • Project Name: Job Fit
  • Project Total Expenditures: $11,695.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $3,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Students are graduating from Greeneville City and Greene County high schools without a clear understanding of skills required for local as well as regional jobs. Thus, this project will allow sophomore students to complete an assessment entitled JobFit™ offered by Walters State Community College. The JobFit™ assessment will be offered online and results will help students identify needed skills for multiple career pathways. In addition, high school counselors will be better able to help students select the appropriate courses needed for those careers and identify additional training required for both high school and post-secondary options. Students served are considered sophomores from the five local Greeneville City and Greene County high schools where the economically disadvantaged range from 33.9 to 62.3%

    Provide access to programs and career options offering educational opportunities for 725 sophomores assessed.

    Provide tools for counselors to map student career pathways. This includes identification of skill deficits for chosen career paths.

    Supplemental information:
    JobFit™ is powered by an assessment engine known as ProfileXT™. Profile XT™ is a multipurpose “total person” assessment that measures 20 performance indicators that are used for employer selection, development, training, promotion, managing and succession planning. It is a powerful and dynamic management tool researched, designed, and developed to be job related. The tool addresses a multitude of human capital issues and provides insights for effective resolutions.

    Each JobFit™ assessment has multiple JobMatch™ patterns that show the requirements for jobs within local, regional or national careers. These patterns will identify thinking style (learning index, verbal skill, verbal reasoning, and numeric reasoning). Also, behavioral traits are measured such as energy level, assertiveness, sociability, manageability, attitude, decisiveness, accommodating, independence, and objective judgment. Lastly, the assessment measures interest areas.

    Each job or career has shaded areas to indicate the requirements of the job and local job studies for various industries have been previously created. Thus, JobFit™ will allow the student to see local careers of interest at various manufacturing plants, healthcare facilities, and other employers. In addition to matching actual jobs, students can search the O*Net jobs database for careers of interest. JobFit™ also offers the opportunity for students to create a digital resume.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 8/1/2013
  • Expected End Date: 3/31/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Utilization of the assessments will help counselors identify skill deficiencies and thus they can advise students more effectively and remap schedules to address skills gaps prior to graduation.

    Students will be provided career options locally and regionally using employer job studies which have already been developed. Local and regional employers are already using job studies created by the college for pre-employment assessments. Employers will have access to students who may match for positions they have open.

    Employers will be provided with a better pool of skilled workers which can help reduce unemployment, which has ranged from 9% to 16% in Greene County, TN over the last three years.

    A better trained workforce can serve as an industrial recruitment tool as well as fill positions for plant expansions.

    By using iPads, counselors will have access to ready-made job studies and training options on a mobile device. The portability of the iPad will allow counselors to meet with students in other places such as lunchroom, hallway, outside benches, ballgame bleachers, etc. instead of only meeting in their office. This will allow them be more equipped when advising students with local career pathways pre-loaded on device.

    Economically disadvantaged populations for the entire high school (not specifically the sophomore class) are as follows:

    Greeneville High – 33.9% (282 of 804)
    West Greene – 61% (398 of 646)
    South Greene – 52.7% (267 of 497)
    North Greene – 62.3% (233 of 370)
    Chuckey Doak – 56.5% (378 of 665)
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians will be involved in the multiple phases of the project.

    First, initial assessments will require 2 Rotarians be present in each high school on the day of assessment to assist with logins, monitoring and collecting registration information. All of these tasks will help counselors at each school. (Hours invested: 2 Rotarians * 5 High Schools * 7 hours per day = 70 man hours).

    Second, Rotarians will be available to offer one session per month for a total of 3 sessions for career coaching. There are a number of current and retired employees from each of the 4 major career pathways identified for Greeneville and Greene County – healthcare, manufacturing, education, and retail/business. This will allow them to share their knowledge of careers and answer questions students may have from someone who has the field experience. (Hours invested: 4 pathways * 2 per pathway = 8 sessions * 5 high schools = 40 * 1 hour per session = 40 man hours of sharing job related experiences).

    Other involvement: initial ordering of iPads (3 hours); loading of job studies on iPads (1 hour per iPad * 5 = 5 hours).
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Local paper – coverage and announcement of grant award with a photo opportunity of the award to the two directors of schools.

    Ongoing – picture of the kickoff to be inserted into local paper.

    Contact local TV station and radio stations for potential coverage.

    Post pictures and grant announcement on club’s Facebook page.

    Rotary Wheel sticker placed on back of iPads distributed to school systems.

  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Walters State Community College – training for counselors will be provided by the division of community education. In the spirit of disclosure, a club Rotarian is an employee of the college and will be involved in the project. Her job hours are not considered a part of the time investment of Rotarians. Monies requested for the assessments will be ordered from the college. The college has local industries job studies which have been previously created and/or new studies developed. Some of the industries utilizing this tool offered through the college include Jarden Zinc Products, Staffing Agencies, Angus/Palm-Worthington Industries, John Deere Power Products, Mountain States Health Alliance, and TN Eastman.

    WE- Workforce Education Group – group of local educators that meet quarterly and have developed the career pathways. (See school system letter and poster developed with career tracks attached as supporting files)

    Greeneville City Schools – Greeneville High School

    Greene County Schools – South Greene High School, West Greene High School, North Greene High School and Chuckey Doak High School. Counselors and their assistants will be a part of the assessment project as well as be point of contact for students who wish to address skills deficiencies and process schedule changes. They will identify and submit names for all sophomores being assessed.

    State Representative David Hawk - supports concept of JobFit to better prepare students in his district.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Letter of Support WSCC - Job Fit.pdf, Dr. Stroud Grant Funding Support.pdf, David Hawk - grant support letter.doc
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSEE BUDGET UPLOAD
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSEE BUDGET UPLOAD
  • Budget Upload:Budget Template-130309.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Dr. Anita P. Ricker
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President Elect 2012-13
  • Primary Contact Email: apricker234@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 4237987953
  • Financial Contact Name: Katherine McCormick
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P.O. Box 543
    Greeneville, TN 37744
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  • Financial Contact Email: kmccormick@rodefermoss.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-638-8144
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterProject Authorization Form.JPG
  • Project Supporting Uploads:email_Health Science 35x23_2012 poster.pdf, North Greene_Ed_professional Services 36x24.pdf, Manufacturing Poster 36x24.pdf, G-ville High_Transportation Poster 36x24.pdf, Glenwood_split_Business Finance.pdf
  • Grant Number: 1314-12
  • Grant Award: $3,000.00