Gov. Bill Haslam has brought together business leaders struggling to hire qualified workers and education officials who say they need more help preparing the state's workforce.
The governor on Tuesday had a roundtable discussion in Knoxville, one of seven higher education discussions he is having around the state. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Haslam wants the state's two higher education systems to better meet the needs of businesses in the state.
Haslam said even with high unemployment, there are still good jobs that go unfilled because there aren't qualified applicants. Attending the meeting were representatives from the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Scripps Networks and Pellissippi State Community College