Jackson Chamber announces new director for Southwest Tennessee Reconnect program

November 21, 2017


Shanda Wicker is the new director of the Southwest Tennessee Reconnect program.

Jackson Chamber announces Shanda Wicker as the new director of the Southwest Tennessee Reconnect program. This program, which is one of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 programs, helps adults return to college and attain their degree. The offices for Southwest Tennessee Reconnect will be housed inside the Jackson Chamber.

“As a Reconnecter myself, I understand all too well the circumstances of life that can cause someone to be unable to complete their degree,” commented Wicker. “I am honored to take on the leadership of this program. My previous work in developing community partnerships and management of large scale projects will allow me to use this program as a catalyst for changing the lives of those in Jackson and the surrounding counties through education.”

Southwest Tennessee Reconnect Community (SWTRC) will reach out to and support adults locally to re-enroll and complete a postsecondary credential. Prospective adult learners will be provided a variety of services including advising, career counseling and scholarship resources. SWTRC will act as a connecting point for local employers, local institutions of higher education and prospective adult learners, working to create awareness of the benefits of adult completion as a strategy for economic development and a source for workforce talent.

“Access to quality education determines the quality of our workforce. TN Reconnect provides individuals tuition-free opportunities, eliminating some of the financial barriers associated with degree completion,” said Vicki Bunch, manager of workforce development for the Jackson Chamber. “This program will assist our adult population in obtaining skills relevant to today’s workforce, which will in turn meet the needs of our local employers.”

Prior to her position with the Southwest Tennessee Reconnect Community, Shanda worked in the nonprofit arena, namely her alma mater, The University of Memphis and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. Through her various positions at these organizations, she has become attune to the needs of community stakeholders allowing them to give back to the people they serve. She is married with two sons.

Connect to Shanda by emailing director@swtnreconnect.com or calling 731-422-9151.