Roane State Workforce Development courses offered for free thanks to grant funding

A Tennessee Community CARES grant has enabled Roane State to provide free classes aimed at helping local workers succeed.

The first course available is a Remote Work Boot Camp that helps prepare individuals to work from home. The class can benefit anyone who is now telecommuting due to the COVID-19 pandemic or those who may be looking for a job that allows them to work remotely.

The Remote Work Boot Camp is being offered in a hybrid format, with a self-paced online portion and a live portion that will be conducted over Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Topics will include effective communication, work flow navigation, personal productivity, time management, security, critical thinking, and teamwork in a virtual environment.

The final session begins Tuesday, October 27. Late registration may be available by emailing Sonya Parker in the Workforce Development Department at

Another free course available right now covers how to properly clean and prepare facilities for public use according to COVID-19 safety guidelines from the CDC. The course, titled “Environmental Infection Protection,” has a session set to begin October 29.

The class is being offered in an online, self-paced format. Participants have two weeks to complete the material. Topics include personal hygiene, personal protection equipment (PPE), how the illness spreads, and the differences between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.

The Roane State Foundation announced receipt of the $75,000 Tennessee Community CARES grant in mid-September. Funds are being used to assist students impacted by COVID-19 and provide training for local small businesses. The project is funded under a grant contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services through the TN Community CARES Program.

Those interested in signing up for courses can visit and look for classes listed under the “TN Community CARES Grant Programs” heading. Additional details on free courses provided by the grant can be found at

Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Scott counties as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit or call (865) 882-4554.

Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free with the new Reconnect grant. Learn more at

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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