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Mars marks milestones at M&M’s plant in Cleveland, Tennessee

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Candy maker Mars marked two milestones on Tuesday at its M&M’s production plant here — the start of a $142 million expansion and 40 years in Bradley County. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said that Mars, the fifth largest private company in America, could expand anywhere but continues to choose Cleveland. “They keep […]

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McMinn County launches job skills program

‘Your Skills. Your Future.’ expands in East Tennessee McMinn County is turning to its neighboring county in Bradley to help resolve two critical labor concerns in East Tennessee: a dwindling workforce and a need for qualified workers at local manufacturing facilities. The McMinn County Economic Development Authority recently agreed to adopt a job skills promotional […]

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School system looks beyond high school

More than 500 students graduate from high school in Cumberland County each year.  Some students continue forward with their education, enrolling in a four-year university or utilizing the Tennessee Promise program to earn a two-year degree or occupational certificate at one of the state’s community colleges or a college of applied technology. But data shows […]

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Five things to know ahead of this year’s TN Promise deadline

Thousands of high school seniors might be scrambling to their computer Wednesday if they haven’t already submitted their application for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. With Thursday being this year’s deadline to apply, here are some things you should know about Tennessee’s landmark scholarship program and the upcoming deadline. 1. The deadline to apply is Nov. […]

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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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