Monday, August 31, 2015

Sumner County Impact Award

Dr. Faulkner was recently awarded a Sumner County Impact Award by the Nashville Business Journal (NBJ). Each year the NBJ honors a group of Sumner County leaders who have made a difference. Here are a couple of Dr. Faulkner's answers from the survey that led to the award:

Other than the people you work with and for, what is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is to be able to go around the Vol State service area and tell people about the many ways that Vol State contributes to the community.  There are many misperceptions about the quality and quantity of opportunities Vol State provides.  Too many people think Vol State consists of the three buildings visible from Nashville Pike.  I like to surprise them with what happens in those three buildings and in the 14 other buildings that are part of our Sumner County campus.

What is the biggest challenge facing Sumner County? 

As more employers consider Sumner County as a potential site for new location or for expansion of existing facilities, a well prepared workforce continues to be a top priority.  In order to meet this challenge,  local government, the Sumner County Schools, and Vol State must partner with business and industry to create a skilled and work-ready populous. 

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