Workforce and Education


The centralized geographic proximity and skilled workforce are appealing reasons to locate your business in Cumberland County. A skilled workforce is an important concern to any business looking to expand or relocate. Cumberland County draws workers from neighboring counties to include a total regional labor shed of approximately 300,000. With five regional higher education institutions, the Cumberland County regional area offers businesses access to an abundance of trained workers.

With local access to advanced training at any one of five regional higher education institutions, you’ll find the resources you need for your company. The locations include Roane State Community College – Crosville & Harriman, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Crossville & Harriman, and Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville. These institutions are available to those entering the workforce or anyone wanting to update or expand their skills. Many of these educational facilities have partnered with area businesses to develop a workforce that meets immediate and future needs. Businesses such as StonePeak and TLG Logistics offer direct training programs. StonePeak also trains construction companies on the installation of their tile.

Since the State of Tennessee instituted the Tennessee Promise and TN Reconnect, the number of college degrees and/or certifications has greatly increased. Tennessee’s higher education initiatives and the variety of technical training programs ensure employers have the support of highly skilled workers. A high quality of life is promoted along with low business and property taxes and a low cost of living. This brings us to the conclusion of, “Crossville and Cumberland County – It’s Just Better Here”.


Cumberland County is home to a Roane State Community College satellite campus and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crossville. These schools offer training programs for those who want to immediately enter the workforce. 

With a ninety percent job placement rate, Roane State’s career preparation programs train students in business management, health science, office administration, police science, and other fields for students desiring associate degrees or certificates. Roane State also provides transfer and career preparation study options for students who plan to transfer to senior institutions, as well as continuing education and developmental education. 


Cumberland County’s trained workforce begins with its high-achieving schools. The high school graduation rate, ACT scores, and college-going rate are above the state average. This prepares students for advanced training and allows them to be a stronger workforce for employers in the future. 


Crossville offers seventeen different courses which include administrative, computer, medical, industrial, mechanical, and machine tool technology. They provide competency based training and work with community, business and industry leaders to supply highly skilled workers in areas of need. Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Crossville has a ninety percent job placement rate. Eighty-four percent of those who attended in 2019-2020, completed their courses and earned a certificate or diploma.


Other regional higher education institutions include Bryan College-Dayton, Roane State Community College, Harriman, Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman and Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Livingston. The number of college degrees and/or certifications has greatly increased since the State of Tennessee instituted the Tennessee Promise and TN Reconnect scholarship programs.


Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise is a scholarship and mentoring program sponsored by the State of Tennessee 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.

Tennessee Reconnect

Tennessee Reconnect is an initiative to help more adults return to higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. The Tennessee Reconnect Grant is available for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree, technical degree, or technical diploma at a Tennessee community college or technical college. It is a last-dollar grant that pays the remaining balance of tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied.