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Hundreds of graduates receive degrees apart of the TN Reconnect program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- More than 1,400 degrees were given out during Southwest Tennessee Community College’s graduation on Saturday. The graduation included about 175 students who were part of the “TN Reconnect” program started by former Governor Bill Haslam in 2017.   The program established Tennessee as the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free community […]

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Valuing the Return on Investment of Higher Education | Opinion

The recent release of Complete Tennessee’s State of Higher Education in Tennessee report made me think about the goal of true education. My thoughts are shaped by my educational background in higher and adult education and the quote by Martin Luther King Jr. (said while he was a student at my alma mater, Morehouse College): […]

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Tennessee’s Community Colleges See Boost In Graduation Rates But Want To Aim Higher

More students are completing their degrees at community colleges. That’s good news for the Tennessee Board of Regents, which met Thursday for its quarterly meeting. The TBR system, which includes the state’s 13 public community colleges, has long struggled to raise graduation rates. Among students who started in 2010, for example, 13.6 percent ended up […]

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TCAT grads nearly guaranteed to get a job in their field

SURGOINSVILLE — Here’s a promise that no four-year college or university can make. If you complete a 12-16 month certificated course at one of the region’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology campuses, there’s almost a 100 percent chance you’ll get a job in your chosen field when you graduate. TCAT President Jerry Young told the […]

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Complete Tennessee report: Set clear goals to increase college graduation rates among struggling students

If Tennessee wants to increase the number of its residents with a college degree or certificate, one mostly untapped place to look is at ensuring those incarcerated leave prison with an education. That is at least one area of focus listed in a report released Tuesday by Complete Tennessee, the nonprofit’s third on the Volunteer State’s state […]

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Tennessee community colleges are making strides and reforming fastest in the nation | Opinion

The College System of Tennessee keeps raising the bar to challenge students in an open-access system to perform better and thrive. Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect have made it possible for virtually every Tennessean to pursue a college degree or credential that will transform their lives forever. But removing the financial obstacles to higher education […]

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Mr. James goes to Motlow

Custodian offered scholarship following viral video Last month the internet was introduced to James Anthony, a custodian at Hickerson Elementary School, through a viral video of his being surprised by the school’s kindergarten class with an American Sign Language rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The video warmed the hearts of the thousands of people who watched […]

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