Resources for Career & Technical Education
We have a handful of FREE and engaging activities and opportunities for the CTE community, focused on empowering students to explore a career in concrete. Learn more below!
What is TCA?
As the Tennessee Concrete Association, TCA leads the concrete industry in creating sustainable value for members and customers through Advocacy, Education and Market Development. We are committed to building up the future generation of our workforce by providing students with engaging opportunities and experiences. TCA is eager to connect with CTE educators so together we can teach students about the benefits of pursuing a career in concrete.
Below you'll find a variety of resources and opportunities for your students. Please reach out to TCA's Executive Director, Alan Sparkman, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on these initiatives and projects.
Why work in concrete?
- Educational and training opportunities available
- The benefit of building things that last
- Getting to work on new projects that stretch the limits of engineering
- Concrete is not going anywhere: job security
- Benefits for you and your family
Concrete is the second most consumed product on the planet, behind only water, making concrete critical to modern day life. The concrete industry offers incredible benefits and opportunities for your students, and TCA is thrilled to help empower them to #WorkInConcrete
TCA is proud to be working with the Concrete Advancement Foundation to support their Skate4Concrete project.
Skate4Concrete is designed to bust the belief that a successful career can only be achieved by going to college. Skate4Concrete provides a place where it is easy to explore entry-level careers in concrete that set the stage where the skate community can craft their own career path. Skate4Concrete uses skateboarding to help teach students about the concrete industry and career paths. Students can explore how skateparks are built, why skateboarding relies on concrete and what a career in the industry could look like. Together, we can show students that a "day on the job" as a concrete professional could mean building an awesome skatepark!
To help bring concrete education and career opportunities into your classroom, we invite you to use this FREE CURRICULUM from Skate4Concrete. The curriculum uses project based learning to teach your students about the concrete industry by using math, earth science, engineering, teamwork, problem solving and more. Upon completing the curriculum, your students will also receive a CONCRETE CERTIFICATION to help them jumpstart their careers!
The first 30 teachers who enroll in the curriculum will receive a FREE Mini Concrete Skatepark Kit for your students to make together! We can also provide teachers who sign up with a FREE PowerPoint that walks through the process of actually building a mini-skatepark. Just fill out this form once you've enrolled in the curriculum so we can send you your FREE Kit & PowerPoint!
Click here to learn more about Skate4Concrete
Click here to enroll in the FREE Skate4Concrete curriculum
Enrolled in the curriculum? Fill out this form so we can send you your FREE Kit & Power Point!
TCA sponsors an annual High School Essay Contest for Tennessee, and your students are invited to participate!
All entries into TCA's Essay Contest are judged by a panel of industry personnel and TCA will award cash prizes to first, second & third place essays.
The TCA contest winners will have their essays published in the spring edition of Tennessee Concrete magazine. Applications for the 2023 High School Essay Contest are due on December 22nd – you can find more details on the essay contest page, linked below.
Learn more about the Essay Contest here
Be Pro Be Proud TN
TCA is excited to be a Founding Partner of Tennessee's Be Pro Be Proud – an organization committed to engaging with the future workforce.
Be Pro Be Proud is a cutting-edge technical career initiative connecting students, parents, and educators to skilled technical professions. Started in Arkansas, the program has proven to be a successful tool to enhance knowledge around these in-demand careers, and they will be partnering with TCA and other industry leaders to bring this experience to Tennessee.
This fall, Be Pro Be Proud TN will be launching and students will have the opportunity to experience the concrete industry (among many others) firsthand. Be Pro Be Proud TN will be making its way through our great state in its infamous truck, engaging students in hands on learning opportunities and workforce workshops. Students will be able to learn more about skilled technical careers in their area and even experience what it's like to drive a concrete truck through a driving simulator!
Best Mini Skatepark Awards
Every year, TCA holds a Design Awards for concrete professionals and companies. This year, we've launched our first annual Best Mini Skatepark Awards category for CTE classes! When most people think about skateboarding, they don't think of concrete – but, the two actually go hand in hand! In fact, skateparks wouldn't be possible without concrete.
We are challenging CTE classes to build their own mini skateparks! Once you register for the free Skate4Concrete curriculum, you can fill out this form to receive your FREE Mini Skatepark Kit. We look forward to seeing your entries!
Click here to fill to enter in the Best Mini Skatepark Awards
Deliver Your Future
Concrete delivery professionals are the foundation of our communities and the backbone of the concrete industry. They go above and beyond their call of duty to provide the highest level of professionalism, skill and expertise possible to support a wide variety of projects. Now more than ever, our concrete delivery professionals are a highly valued asset not only to our growing industry, but to our communities.
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's Deliver Your Future program connects highly motivated job seekers to rewarding employment opportunities in the concrete industry.
Learn more about Deliver Your Future here