We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Roane Alliance

Work-Based Learning (WBL)

The Roane Alliance and Roane County Schools are working together to identify Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities for students to gain hands-on, contemporary workplace skills and to test their academic knowledge in the real world. The WBL program is designed to promote students’ success in both postsecondary education and careers.

We request businesses to participate in WBL activities of Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Internships. These activities provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in general education and Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework in a work place setting. In Roane County, the students participating in these programs are high school seniors.

Your participation in these programs help development the next generation of workers in our community. It is not uncommon that the senior working for you this school year, in a career field of their interest, will be your employee after graduation. If you can provide one student with a WBL opportunity, you can shape and influence their future in great ways. These students will be our county’s future employees and our future leaders.

The seniors participating have a CTE focus area in one of the following Program of Study:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Agriculture
  • STEM
  • Digital Arts & Design
  • Health Science

Interested in, or want more information about, working with our schools to provide work-based learning opportunities? Contact Lance Duff, Roane County Schools Career & Technical Education Director:; 865-882-3700 ext. 1983. You may also contact Allen Lutz, Education and Workforce Director for Roane Alliance:; 865-376-2093.