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12 rural Tennessee counties eye college completion rates to boost residents’ career skills

Faced with a low number of college-educated workers, 12 rural Tennessee counties are digging into how they can get their residents to complete a degree. The counties spread out across the state and organized into five regional councils are part of a newly launched pilot initiative by Complete Tennessee focused on clearing hurdles to obtain a college degree or certificate. […]

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Opinion | Building a tuition-free workforce in Tennessee

Graduation season is in full swing, and we get to celebrate the hard work and perseverance of so many who have achieved their dreams of earning a college degree. Their college success is not only important to their future lives, but also to the future of Tennessee. Like many places across the country, Tennessee is […]

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Area adults enroll in DSCC technical courses due to TN Reconnect

With the announcement of the TN Reconnect, many adults are realizing their dream of attaining a college certificate or degree can become a reality. With the initiative, most of these adults are enrolling in Tennessee colleges for opportunities to advance their careers. Dyersburg State Community College offers various career technical and certificate programs that draw […]

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Tennessee Promise, Reconnect Programs Are Paying Off

By Dr. Tony Miksa Soon, the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance” will fill the Walters State Expo Center as we celebrate over 600 graduates this spring, our second commencement of this academic year. We are making preparations to mark this special occasion for our students and for hosting thousands of family members and friends coming […]

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myFutureNC Blog Series: Lessons Learned on the Road to 55

By Mike Krause, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission Like most people, I take immense pride in my home state. Tennessee is home to many who have made significant contributions, including great Americans like Sergeant Alvin York, author Alex Haley, and entertainers such as Dolly Parton and Tina Turner. And just as residents of the Old […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam joins Mayor Jim Strickland pitching education and employment

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland traveled across a wet city on Sunday, visiting several area churches to spread the good news about the availability of educational and employment opportunities. Christened “Opportunity Sunday,” the governor was with Strickland to remind church members of the Tennessee Promise (tnpromise.gov) program which allows anyone in the state with a […]

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Adults Reconnect in Tennessee

The state expands tuition-free scholarship beyond traditional-age students — as other states follow suit — and gets a larger than anticipated response from adult workers. When Tennessee launched its free community college program four years ago, some questioned why recent high school graduates were the only ones to benefit. Then last year, Bill Haslam, the state’s Republican […]

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More than 10,000 apply for free-tuition program for Tennessee adults

More than 10,000 people have applied to a new program in Tennessee that allows adults to attend community college or technical schools tuition-free, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday. The application period for Tennessee Reconnect opened on Feb. 15. The program was approved by the Legislature last year after Haslam promoted it. It followed in the […]

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A skilled workforce is key to higher wages

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge recently recalled an incident late last year when representatives of a South Korean auto parts manufacturer visited Jonesborough to scout the Washington County Industrial Park as a possible site for a new plant. Eldridge said company officials had placed Washington County on its short list of likely locations for expansion, […]

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Gov. Haslam: Now is the time to ‘reconnect’ with college dreams

By Governor Bill Haslam Many adults in Tennessee may regret not going to college, or regret not finishing college after starting. Many may have had every intention of finishing college, but life got in the way, and circumstances didn’t allow them to complete their education. Then it became difficult to go back. And for many […]

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