Mayor Jim Strickland’s initiative to connect you to opportunities in our city.

Beyond our duties to improve core city services such as infrastructure and public safety, I find more and more that our job at city government is to connect citizens, particularly our young people, to these opportunities. That’s what this website is all about. You can learn more about job training programs, nonviolent criminal record expungement, assistance in receiving a high school equivalency diploma, and many other services that you can take advantage of in our city for FREE!

Everyone should get a chance at an opportunity and we’re here to help!

–Mayor Jim Strickland

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JOBS

Unemployed?

Ensuring that every young person in Memphis has an opportunity to get an education and a job that pays a living wage is part of my vision for a stronger city. A 2015 study said that we had the highest percentage of youth without a job or not in school of any city in the nation.

But we’re tackling it. We’ve partnered with top employers in Memphis to post their jobs online so people ages 16-24 can be easily connected to opportunities. More and more jobs should populate the site in the coming weeks, too.

Memphis is an opportunity city. We have thousands of available jobs, check out jobs for young people like you at hirememphis.org.

Also, search for one of more than 15,000 open jobs in the Memphis area at jobs4tn.gov.

EDUCATION

High School

Excel Center

The Excel Center provides adults 18 and older the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and begin post-secondary education while developing career paths in sectors of the local economy that offer better-than-average employment and growth opportunities.Tuition and on-site child care and transportation assistance is available,

Connect with the Goodwill Excel Center  to complete your high school equivalency diploma.

HopeWorks

At HopeWorks it’s never too late to go back to school! With a high school equivalency diploma, you will have access to meaningful careers and better paying jobs to support your family. You will be able to participate in trade or technical programs or work toward your college degree. Also, you will set a great example for your children. You can do this! Call 396-8800 to find out how or visit whyhopeworks.org.

College

Free College

Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer a free community college education to everyone and that includes adults, too. Ninety-nine percent of southwest graduates find a job. Take advantage by visiting tnpromise.com or contact Southwest Tennessee Community College at southwest.tn.edu or 333-5000.

Learn more by visiting tnpromise.gov or Tennessee reconnect program.

 

 

Free Technical college

Just like community college, you can attend the Tennessee College of Applied Technology for free. These skills can lead to specific careers with real demand in Memphis such as aircraft mechanic, automotive technician, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning repair.

Check out TCAT’s programs here, along with salary ranges and the local job market for each.  For more information call 543-6100 or visit tcatmemphis.edu.

 

Free Career Training

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

The Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps center supports the job corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

In addition to career training, Dr. Benjamin l. Hooks job corps center also provides academic training, including basic reading and math, courses in independent living, employability skills, and career success skills are offered to help students transition into the workplace. They also have several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential.

For more information or to join call 901.396.2800 or visit benjaminlhooks.jobcorps.gov

SERVICES

Social Services

If you are looking for help!

Just dial 2-1-1 to reach the community information and referral resources of LINC at the Memphis Public Library. Linc, in conjunction with United Way of the Mid-South, is our local source for community resources and maintains a large, comprehensive database of human services organizations, government agencies and volunteer groups that connects you with community services such as mental health, transportation, food, utility assistance, and literacy programs.

Linc 211 maintains an online database of resources here.

Criminal Record

We may be able to get your record cleared!

Mayor Strickland’s Expungement Program is a partnership with the Shelby County Clerk and the Shelby County District Attorney to assist eligible participants in paying final fees necessary to clear their background issues.

Mayor Strickland has raised private money to pay for expungements for non-violent felons so they can more easily re-enter the workforce and can help you with the process and provide skills training. Call our office of Community Affairs at 576-6203, to see if you’re eligible