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UCHRA / American Job Center of Cookeville

Where People and Jobs Connect

At the American Job Center of Cookeville you will find a user-friendly atmosphere. A one-stop source that delivers a wide range of career advancement opportunities like: interviewing techniques, resume writing skills, assessment career counseling and much more!

Use our resource room to search the internet, brush up on the latest software, or develop your job search materials all at no charge. Our professional staff members are ready to find the right job for you!


Find your local American Job Center location along with some of the
available programs below!

Find additional information available for job seekers and employers at

Job Seekers
Your Career Center Can Help You

  • Assess your skills and develop a career plan
  • Match your skills with current job openings
  • Improve your resume writing, interviewing and other skills
  • Acquire skills through targeted workshops and training
  • Access occupational training programs
  • Get access to Internet, telephones, fax machines and career information

Your Career Center Can Help Your Business


  • Publicize job openings and recruit qualified personnel
  • Pre-screen applicants or manage on-site interviews
  • Take advantage of available tax credits and other incentives
  • Gain speedy access to key wage data and labor market information
  • Seek various training programs for your employees
  • Assist your workers through downsizing and closures

Job Enhancement Services
All services provided with no cost or obligation

        Job Search and Referral
      • Job Search and Referral for Veterans
        Career Counseling
        Training and Skill Assessment
        Business and Computer Basics Training
        Employment Testing
        Alcohol & Drug Testing and Counseling
        Adult Education, Hi-SET
        Emergency Services (rent, electric, commodities)
        Child Care Assistance
        Title V - Older Worker Services
        Case Management and Counseling
        Dislocated Worker Assistance
        Transportation (medical, shopping, handicap, job access)
        Driver Education Training
        Vocational Rehabilitation Services
        TRA/TAA Assistance
        Work Opportunity Tax Credit Information

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DeKalb County Macon County Smith County
726 South Congress Blvd 607 Highway 52 By-Pass 120 Pauline Gore Way (Suite A)
Smithville, TN 37166 Lafayette, TN 37083 Carthage, TN 37030
Phone: (615) 597-4504 Phone: (615) 666-3377 Phone: (615) 735-0476
Fax: (615) 597-8322 Fax: (615) 666-4604 Fax: (615) 735-0577
Karen Adkins
Tracy Powell
Ann Sanders
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Fentress County Putnam County White County
308 Main Street South 580 S Jefferson Ave / Suite A 826 Valley View Drive
Jamestown, Tn 38566 Cookeville, TN 38501 Sparta, TN 38583
Phone: (931) 879-8040 Phone: (931) 372-8754 Phone: (931) 738-6255
Fax: (931) 879-9157 Fax: (931) 520-0651 Fax:(931) 738-6258
Carol Watson
Career Ctr Coordinator:
Johnnie Wheeler
Sheila Robinson
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Cannon County Jackson County Pickett County
301 West Main Street 744 School Drive 105 South Main Street, Room #6
Adams Memorial Bldg. rm 302 Gainesboro, TN 38562 Byrdstown Community Center
Woodbury, TN 37190 Phone: (931) 268-9840 Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (615) 563-2916 Fax: (931) 268-3517 Phone: (931) 864-6540
Fax: (615) 563-6016 Fax: (931) 864-6793
Coordinator: Danielle Moseley Coordinator: Alice Barlow Coordinator: Jamie Edwards
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Clay County Overton County  
500 Dow Avenue 106 West Henson Street  
Celina, TN 38551 Livingston, TN 38570  
Phone: (931) 243-3674 Phone: (931) 823-7323  
Fax: (931) 243-4402 Fax: (931) 823-7325  
Sandra Grace
Dian Dillon
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he Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. In response to area employment needs, local elected officials in cooperation with the Local Workforce Development Board strive to customize services to our Workforce Development area. The Workforce Development Board is composed of businessmen and women, educators, workforce program leaders, and other community leaders. The American Job Center/Tennessee Career Center in Cookeville is the comprehensive Center for Local Workforce Development Area 7 (LWDA 7). Affiliate Career Centers are available in Fentress, Jackson, Smith, and White counties. LWDA 7 serves Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, and White Counties. WIOA services are provided for Adults, Youth, and Dislocated Workers.

For comments or suggestions please contact Ronald Basham at rbasham@uchra.com
or call (931) 528-1127

Youth Program

The Youth Program serves younger and older youth (ages 14-24) in all stages of job and career development. A total of 159 older youth were served through the American Job Center/Career Center system, and a total of 92 younger youth were served through the UCHRA Career Training Program. Of the 159 older youth served, 157 were enrolled in occupational skills training at area colleges of applied technology, community colleges, and universities. The 92 younger youth (in-school) received career training services at area High Schools.

President's Academy for Emerging Technologies

Innovative experiences relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) were included in the President's Academy for Emerging Technologies on the Campus of Tennessee Technological University. Thirty-four (34) area high school students ranging in ages from 14-16 attended the six-day residential camp. Nine counties in LWIA7 were represented in STEM activities.

Dislocated Worker

The Dislocated Worker Program provides classroom training, on-the-job training, and job placement for individuals who have lost their jobs due to plant closures, business failures, mass layoffs, long-term unemployment, or unemployment resulting from general economic conditions. Of the 65 dislocated workers served, 57 were enrolled in classroom training.

Adult Program

The Adult Program provides classroom training, on-the-job training, and job placement assistance. Of the 214 participants served, 213 attended classroom training and 1 received job search/placement assistance only.

WIOA Incumbent Workers Program

The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to help eligible Tennessee businesses effectively retain and keep their business competitive through skills upgrades and process improvement training for existing full-time employees. In 2016, Incumbent Worker Training has been initiated at Fabricated Tube Products in Smith County ($25,000.00 allocated to train 36 employees); Flowserve in Putnam County ($3,000.00 allocated to train 5 employees); G&L Manufacturing in Putnam County ($22,000.00 allocated to train 31 employees); and Encompass Manufacturing ($25,000.00 allocated to train 24 employees).

Title V, Senior Community Service Employment Program ( SCSEP)

UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region. This training is twenty hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies. They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train. They conduct workshops to teach people the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job. They can also refer you to the Tennessee Career Center for basic computer training as well as other employment and training programs. If you have any questions or would like to see if you are eligible, please call (931) 520-9624 or come by the UCHRA Central Office located at 580 S. Jefferson, Suite B, Cookeville TN 38501.

Counties served: 10
Total served PY 15: 93
Total Entered Employment: 21

The above programs are funded by US Department of Labor grants through contracts with the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development