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Application opens for free community college or technical school through Tennessee Reconnect

Applications for the Tennessee Reconnect program, a new initiative providing free tuition for adults to enroll in community college or technical school, are now open, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday. The program builds off the Tennessee Promise program, which provides recent high school graduates two years of tuition-free community or technical college. Tennessee Reconnect will […]

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New state initiative encouraging adults to go back to school

JACKSON—Gov. Bill Haslam spoke about the potential impact of his latest education initiative to help adults enter higher education – Southwest Tennessee Reconnect – at the Jackson Chamber Thursday afternoon. Southwest Tennessee Reconnect is a locally-based organization created with the goal of providing support and assistance to adults to help them earn a college degree or […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam touts education gains, says Drive to 55 two years ahead of pace

Gov. Bill Haslam plans to seal his legacy on education through his final budget, boosting teacher pay and placing more money into higher education. Meanwhile, the governor in his final State of the State address on Monday said that Tennessee’s efforts to get more adults earning college degrees is paying off. “Our goal of 55 percent of Tennesseans having […]

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Editorial: Why some students quit college – and how they can finish

Growing up in Cookeville, Tenn., Hayley Furcean was determined to be the first college graduate in her family. “I’ve always been the smart kid,” she says. After graduating from high school in 2008, she earned a full academic scholarship for her first year at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and began studying early childhood education. […]

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Tennessee Promise students showing higher success rates than national average

The first cohort of Tennessee Promise students has had a success rate of 56.2 percent, compared to the national average of just 17 percent, Flora Tydings, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, told the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Thursday. Tennessee Promise provides “last dollars” scholarships to high school graduates wanting to attend two-year state […]

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Tennessee Promise students more likely to succeed in college, less likely to drop out, new data shows

Students using Tennessee’s free community college scholarship are significantly more likely to succeed in college than their peers outside the program, according to data released Thursday. Fifty-six percent of Tennessee Promise students who entered college in 2015, the program’s first year, had graduated, transferred to a four-year university or remained in school two years later. Only […]

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Tennessee is investing in a program that helps adults finish their college degree. Will it boost the economy?

A decade ago, when Lara Mechling was a college freshman at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, she decided she’d rather party than study. She dropped out midway through the spring semester, a decision that haunted her for years. In August, the 29-year-old mother got a second chance. She walked onto the campus of Pellissippi […]

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Editorial: Making college affordable in Tennessee

As the cost of college continues to increase, all of us in higher education have an obligation to work toward making it more affordable. Fortunately, in recent years, higher education leaders in Tennessee have been at the forefront of policy and innovation designed to make college more accessible and affordable. Nevertheless, student debt continues to […]

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Tennessee Reconnect helps adults hop back on degree track

At age 46, Allen Hunter decided to enroll at Chattanooga State Community College, determined to earn a degree. “The first thing I’ve got to do is set expectations for my children,” he said last week. “I went back to school to set an example for them.” Returning to school full time was a culture shock, […]

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