Technical Training Center

Constructed in 2006, the Technical Training Center is a 24,000 square foot facility that houses classes and programs for youth ages 16 to 21. In order to join the program, you must be enrolled as a member or was a former member of the Boys & Girls Club. In addition, you must be able to pass the background and drug test. There are no fees other than your annual club membership fees.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis is the only Club in the country that offers the magnitude of services that the Technical Training Center provides.

Highlights of the Technical Training Center Program

For the last three years the TTC has placed 100% of the graduates in jobs or college!

The program offers training in three areas most sought after in Memphis - Culinary, Logistics and Automotive Care. All students also participate in soft skills training by learning basic computer skills, how to search, apply and interview well for jobs, and UPS Road Code safe driving training. We have recently added hospitality training to our Culinary track and are working to enhance the technology training our students receive as well to better prepare them for today's careers.

More programs are in development and community partners are always welcome!

2nd Tuesday Dinners - Free Event! Limited Space Available.

Come out to see our facility, meet our trainees and enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner ON US! Just RSVP for one of our 2nd Tuesday dinners and you and your guests can enjoy an evening showcasing our unique program and talented trainees. 

Event Details: Happy hour and tours from 6:00p-7:00p, 1st course is served at 7:00p. Program concludes by 8:00p.
Attire: Business Casual

Questions? Email Mandy Powell at

Gardens to Groceries

This Culinary program teaches students how to grow their own produce using the innovative Tower Garden system. This breakthrough innovation in aeroponic gardening, provided by their manufacturer the Juice Plus+ Company, allows Boys & Girls Club Technical Training Center students to grow fresh produce for their culinary program with no soil and very limited space. Student actually grow their own produce then develop original recipes including pestos, breads, cookies, hummus and other treats that are then marketed at local retailers and Farmer's Markets. To learn more about the Tower Garden or to purchase your own visit

Order your own Holiday Sweets

The students cater for the holidays. You can place your order by contacting Tiffanie Grier, or calling 901-774-3074. Check out their holiday menu here!

You can purchase your Garden to Groceries products at these local locations:

Miss Cordelia’s Grocery, Urban Farms Market, the Botanic Gardens Farmers Market, Cooper Young Community Farmers Market, Church Health Center and MIFA Farmers Market, and the Downtown Memphis Farmers Market

You can scholarship a child into the Technical Training Center program by donating just $100 a month! Click here to learn how!


Goals of the Technical Training Center Program

  • To provide technical training for Club members ages 16 to 21 who may or may not be college bound and are seeking full-time, long-term careers when they graduate high school. 
  • To provide part-time employment for 16- to 18-year-olds and a stipend for all trainees to encourage them to stay in school and in the Club while successfully completing the training. 
  • To partner with industries and advance training programs that provide full-time, long-term career employment opportunities for high school graduates at the completion of their technical training.
  • To retain Club members, ages 16 to 18, by supporting their academic growth and training them for long-term careers.
  • To produce employable club members through technical training. 
  • To place 100% of our trained graduates in jobs that may lead them to long-term careers.

Technical Training Center Program Curriculum

  • Work Ethics: Punctuality, Social Skills and Appropriate Language
  • Appropriate Dress, Hygiene and Drug-Free
  • Communication
  • Dependability
  • Teamwork 
  • Money Management
  • Technology Skills
  • Specific Job Skills 
  • Overall Understanding of Chosen Industry

Staff Profile

Joe Sing - Director of Career Development -

Joe Sing has served the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis for more than 35 years. His passion for helping kids achieve their full potential and land jobs that would lead to fulfilling careers led him to be the founding director of the Technical Training Center, the only site of it's kind in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. To learn more about our center and application process, contact Joe.

 Tiffanie Grier, Career Placement Director -

Tiffanie Grier received a BA in History and Sociology graduating summa cum laude. She then obtained a MA in Sociology specializing in inequality, and more specifically in race relations and poverty. Grier discovered her love for workforce development while working in Career Services at Bridges USA, Inc. Grier joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis in 2009 and became the Technical Training Center’s first Career Placement Director. She is passionate about job development for youth and young adults, because preparing youth for the workforce is critical to breaking the vicious cycles of poverty. In both 2010 and 2011 she placed 100% of the center’s high school graduates in employment and/or college.

She also created the Technical Training Center’s “Garden to Groceries” culinary project in 2011. This project teaches students the full process of food production, how to eat healthy and economically, promotes entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and instills the importance of eating and buying local.

Contact Tiffanie for Job placement, Garden to Groceries information or Catering bookings. 901-774-3074 or by 

Crystal Caulfield, Career Prep Director -

In the fall of 2011, Crystal took on the role of Career Prep Director where she serves the Technical Training Center in organizing their curriculum as well as scheduling guest speakers, implementing new programs such as UPS Road Code, and making sure that the club members receive the skills necessary to enter the workforce.

Natalis Ross, Director of Culinary Arts

Chef Natalis Ross began her dreams of becoming a chef at an early age.  In 2007 she launched her own culinary company called Delectable Delights, which specializes in designer chocolate covered strawberries. In 2010, Chef Natalis decided to move her culinary career forward by enrolling in Le’Cole Culinaire.  She did her culinary internship in France and graduated from Le’Cole in 2012 with top honors.  After graduating Chef Natalis worked as the head chef in the private school sector. Chef Natalis is passionate about working with local chefs and community organizations to motivate youth to make healthier eating choices. 

Today Chef Natalis owns/operates Delectable Delights, which is rapidly expanding because it’s the best chocolate covered strawberries you’ll ever eat.  She is excited to influence our younger generations to make healthier choices by truly understanding food and not just eating it!