The Knoxville Area Urban League is authorized to operate as a postsecondary education institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by the Knoxville Area Urban League are available at THEC. Click on Authorized Institutions and Data.

In some cases, student fees may be waived. Credits do not transfer. For more information about transfer of credits, see the Transferability of Credit policy. Pre-registration is required for all classes.


Workforce Program Classes:

East Tennessee Collaborative Program

  • The Knoxville Area Urban League, a partner agency under the United Way of Greater Knoxville collaborative effort, is dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve financial self-sufficiency through the East Tennessee Collaborative program.
  • Program Goal: Reduce poverty, increase economic opportunity pathways, and enhance social supports.
  • Program Supports: Workforce training and classes are available on Eventbrite, CLICK HERE to register for classes.
  • Please note that class hours may vary on holidays, so we recommend checking our schedule for updates.


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    • 2) Pay a fee (fees vary).
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Financial Education Class

This class will teach personal and family budgeting, saving money and the importance of credit.

Class is held the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm. 
CLICK HERE to register on Event Brite.
Class hours may vary during the holiday season, please check the schedule for updates.

Co. Starters Class

The 10-week training program is for entrepreneurs at all stages.

Participants discuss business concepts and learn through a collaborative process with a small group of entrepreneurs and guest speakers.


Click to learn more and apply for the next class!