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The Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers (TACE) was formed in April 1995
by a merger of the Tennessee College Placement Association
(TCPA was founded in 1970) and the Tennessee Cooperative Education Association (TCEA was founded in 1981). The two groups, both historically strong organizations within the state, work to enhance the recruitment and career development of students and graduates.


The Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers is an association of Tennessee colleges and universities, state and technical institutes, and employers of students and graduates of these institutions who have joined together to accomplish the following:
  • To enhance understanding and cooperation among institutions of higher
    education and their employers.
  • To promote high standards of education, work, and ethical practices, and the
    general professional development of individuals within the profession.
  • To plan and implement programs addressing pertinent issues at the state and 
    local level.
  • To strengthen and maintain the triangular relationship among students, 
    employers and the post secondary educational institutions.
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