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Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed The concept of tuition-free community college is picking up steam. Chicago this month followed Tennessee with the creation of a new community-college scholarship for high school graduates. Meanwhile, student demand in Tennessee has been enormous. The Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, reported that in just two months 35,000 high school seniors have applied to the […]

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Benefits of Free

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed The concept of tuition-free community college is picking up steam. Chicago this month followed Tennessee with the creation of a new community-college scholarship for high school graduates. Meanwhile, student demand in Tennessee has been enormous. The Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, reported that in just two months 35,000 high school seniors have applied to the […]

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35,000 Tennessee students apply for free community college

Joey Garrison, The Tennessean If there’s a single moment that has best captured the rush to attend community college for free in Tennessee, it probably came at Motlow State last month. The Lynchburg, Tenn., school held what it called “Scholarship Saturday.” In just four hours, more than 1,300 students signed up for Tennessee Promise, the new program […]

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Volunteer mentors needed for Tennessee Promise

Joelle Phillips, The Tennessean Few Tennesseans — only 32 percent — have college degrees. My great-grandfather did not attend college. As a young man, he left Macedonia for America to make a better life, promising to send for his family soon. He worked many jobs and eventually opened a restaurant. Hard work allowed him to […]

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Why a higher education is key in Tennessee

Greg Johnson, Knoxville News Sentinel With the deadline for high school seniors to enroll in Gov. Bill Haslam’s first-in-the-nation offer of a free two-year postsecondary education now one month away, a report by 24/7 Wall Street shows how urgent and absolutely essential Tennessee Promise is to the state. Tennessee is the least educated state in […]

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State urges students to apply for college

Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean Educators from across the state are working this week to encourage their students to apply for college as their high school years draw to a close. Gov. Bill Haslam has declared this week the year’s official College Application Week, marking an annual tradition that stretches back to 2008. Teachers are slated […]

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Turnout high for Tenn. Promise mentoring program

Andrea Agardy, The Tullahoma News Last week Mayor Lane Curlee put out a call for volunteers interested in helping high school students make the transition to higher education, and on Tuesday evening the community responded enthusiastically. More than 50 area residents filled the second-floor courtroom in city hall to learn more about becoming a mentor […]

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Nashville leaders focus on postsecondary education

Jamie McGee, The Tennessean Nashville-area employers are headed for a massive labor shortage in the next decade, and boosting postsecondary education enrollment is one way community leaders are trying to address the issue. Middle Tennessee education and economic development leaders met Wednesday as part of the Nashville Region’s Vital Signs initiative led by the Nashville […]

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tnAchieves needs more mentors

Kendall Morris, WBIR tnAchieves needs more than double the mentors it had last year to accommodate the influx of students applying for the Tennessee Promise program. The Tennessee Promise is a new scholarship program that provides two years of community or technical college to graduating high school seniors absolutely free of tuition and fees. The […]

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