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Study Reports Tennessee Community Colleges Ahead In Guided Pathway Reforms

Tennessee’s community colleges are “probably the furthest along in implementing guided pathways reforms” of any community college system in the nation, a new study by Columbia University concludes. “All 13 Tennessee community colleges are reforming their programs, policies, and processes to better help students choose, enter, navigate, and complete programs in fields of interest to […]

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Business, education leaders discuss employment through Tennessee Reconnect

JACKSON, Tenn. — What do nontraditional students need to be successful? Local educators and business leaders are coming together to work for these students in the community. “We want to make sure in higher education, we are producing the graduates that the workforce needs, and sometimes you don’t find that out unless you get around […]

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Wages Increase For Workers Across Tennessee

Tennesseans took home a little more money in their paychecks last year according to the latest data released Friday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The median wage earned for all Tennessee occupations increased by 3.16 percent between May 2016 and May 2017 to $33,870. “It’s always a positive to see wages […]

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Tens of Thousands of Adults Line Up for Free College in Tennessee

In the weeks after Tennessee started accepting applications for its tuition-free program for adult students last February, Kim Bare and her family began having discussions about going to college. Her husband, Jim, had gone to college on and off over the years but never completed. The same was true for their daughter, Jessica Austin, and […]

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AT&T donates to TCAT

For the second consecutive year, AT&T has donated $81,000 to the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology to enhance student training programs in Computer Information Technology, which will help address critical workforce development needs throughout Tennessee. Funded through AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, the donation will provide each of the 26 Tennessee Colleges of Applied […]

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Tennessee Promise program wins regional innovation award

Tennessee Promise is being recognized for its innovative efforts. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission and its program were selected as one of two winners of the 2018 State Transformation in Action Recognition award. The award was given to the commission and its program for contributing to the state’s rise in the number of students earning a […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam praises Chattanooga State graduates at Hixson ceremony

Gov. Bill Haslam recognized the 588 graduates of Chattanooga State Community College’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology at their commencement ceremony in Hixson on Friday. Many of the graduates are beneficiaries of Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, one of the governor’s legacies. “We started to the Drive to 55 about five years ago with the […]

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Vol State: Four Family Members all Using TN Reconnect

Tuition-free community college, with TN Reconnect, is inspiring thousands of adults across the state to attend college this fall. Volunteer State Community College has nearly 1000 new eligible applicants thus far. But it isn’t just individuals signing-up. Couples, and even whole families, are taking the opportunity to earn a college degree. Jim and Kim Bare […]

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The Single Best Way to Help Older Students? ‘Colleges Shouldn’t Make Adults Do Scavenger Hunts’

Speaking from his own experience, Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, says colleges should help veterans, for example, “just enough.” They appreciate peer mentorship, but “veterans don’t need coddling.” Goldie Blumenstyk writes about the intersection of business and higher education. Check out www.goldieblumenstyk.com for information on her book about the higher-education crisis; follow […]

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