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Our Board Members

Keith Grant



Jennifer Ransom

Vice Chair


Tim Wilson

Secretary / Treasurer

Don Glays


Kim Brown

Jimmy Moore


Jerry gillis


Charles Morgan


Yetta Lewis

Power Center Academy

Mark Miesse


Patrick Mahoney


Rufus Smith

Hope Presbyterian Church, Senior Pastor

Sondra Howell

Greater Memphis Chamber, Talent Development

Phil Bryce


Ephie Johnson

Memphis Christian Center

Earnest Strickland

Greater Memphis Chamber, VP Workforce Development

Steve Hodgkins

Employer Relations

Randy Odom

Memphis Athletic Ministries, President

The Tennessee Builders Education Foundation helps advance and provide education ,career development, training and placement of young men and women serving in the building industry. Our vision is to be the recognized source for career technical education in the building industry for the state of Tennessee. Through certification programs, mentoring, pre-apprenticeships, and job placement services, TBEF prepares its students with the skills and experience they need for successful careers in the residential construction industry.

If you are a high school student, be sure to ask your guidance counselor is available to you, and what are the steps to get involved. If you are a high school guidance counselor we welcome you to learn more about this valuable program, so you can offer it to your students.

9th Grade

Students learn the theory of residential building while they gain a solid foundation of the major trade areas, Instruction focuses on safety and first aid, construction too math, tools and materials, employability and green building practices.
  • PACT Core
  • Basic Principles of Construction

10th Grade

Students continue to learn about the daily activities associated with working in the industry, but begin to dive deeper into brick masonry, building construction technology (BCT), carpentry, electrical, landscaping, painting, and finishing, plumbing and weatherization. Students can discover their interest and narrow their focus on a specific trade area.

  • PACT–Building Construction Technology (BCT)
  • Basic Principles of Construction

11th Grade

Beginning in the 11th grade, students narrow their focus and choose a specific trade. Students learn the skills and techniques required of an entry-level professional.

  • Residential Construction Academy
  • RCA–Specialty Trade

12th Grade

Students continue to focus on their chosen trade in the 12th grade, but work-based learning provides an environment to apply the knowledge they’ve gained over the last four years on an actual job site.

  • Work-based learning
  • Residential Construction Academy (RCA)
  • Specialty Trade

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