TPM Academy National Cohort XVI

The application window  for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s TPM Academy National Cohort XVI is now open. This national cohort is hosted and facilitated by U.S. Chamber Foundation staff and recognized TPM Faculty.

Event Overview

TPM Academy Cohort XVI will be our first fully virtual TPM National Academy where workforce leaders from across the country come together over a six-month period to develop TPM solutions that will support the students, workers, and businesses in their community.

All participants in the TPM Academy are required to commit to attend the four virtual training sessions in November, January, March, and one final session to present your employer collaborative project in April. 

The TPM Academy also includes four webinars, each one-hour in length, tentatively scheduled for the months of October, December, February, and May.

Cost of Tuition

$2,000 per person

National Cohort XVI

First Meeting: November 9-10 
Second Meeting: January 12-13
Third Meeting: March 11-12
Fourth Meeting: April TBD


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Before You Apply

  • The application window opens Monday, August 24.
  • Applications are due October 5, 2020.
  • All accepted applicants will be notified of their acceptance by October 12, 2020

To be eligible to participate in the TPM Academy National Cohort XII, the following are required:

  • A written statement of support from your CEO (or board chair, if you are the CEO) to fully participate in the TPM Academy. 
  • Your commitment to attend all  trainings, as listed above, in their entirety and be fully present.
  • Your commitment to participate in the employer collaborative team project.
  • A payment of tuition in the amount of $2,000.

The application to participate in the TPM Academy National Cohort XVI consists of a statement of commitment from the applicant, general contact information, and a few short answer questions related to interest and involvement in the space thus far.

Because there is no ability to save your work once you begin the application process, we strongly encourage you to prepare your documents and answers to the application questions in advance.

The program is limited to 30 participants. Selection will be prioritized for those who are most committed to using the TPM Academy experience to close the skills gap in their communities and who are best positioned to benefit from the TPM Academy curriculum and tool set. 

Applications will be evaluated using a scoring rubric reviewed by a panel of peers covering four main areas:

1. Organization suitability to improve community’s skills gap or workforce challenge(s)

  • The application shows an understanding of the skills gap challenge and the impact on the applicant’s community.
  • This should include information on how the community, or the applicant’s organization, has responded to the skills gap to date.

2. Demonstrated understanding of the TPM methodology

  • The applicant clearly demonstrates awareness of the TPM framework.
  • The application effectively demonstrates how they will leverage TPM and their participation in the TPM Academy to address their community’s skills gap challenge.

3. Feasibility of taking action

  • The application includes activities and outcomes that are well-stated, manageable, appropriate, comprehensive, and have every reasonable expectation of being completed.

4. Strength of partnerships

  • The applicant outlines an effective use of partner organizations including participation from employers (or employer organizations), education and training providers, public-sector partners, etc.
  • Proposed partnerships are appropriate to meet the objectives of implementing a TPM project.

We welcome professionals from the following organization types to apply to attend:

  • State and local chambers
  • Business associations
  • Economic development agencies
  • Small, medium, and large-sized businesses
  • Education and training providers

Ready to Apply? 

Click on the button below to start your TPM journey. Upon graduating the TPM Academy you will become part of the National Learning Network, a collaborative group that will support your efforts beyond your TPM Academy experience. 

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