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Tennessee Tops Nation in Advanced Industry Job Growth

Tennessee ranks No. 1 among U.S. states for advanced industry job growth since 2013, the Brookings Institution found in a newly released report. From 2013 to 2015, Tennessee’s advanced industry jobs increased by an average of 4.6 percent annually, according to Brookings, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. With the highest percentage growth rate among U.S. […]

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Mike Krause Named New THEC Leader

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the appointment of Mike Krause as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Krause will take over Aug. 1. Krause has served as executive director of the Drive to 55 since Haslam created it in 2014. He managed the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and the other […]

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Tennessee Promise Saturday Highlights Community Service

State parks and natural areas across the state plan to offer volunteer events on Saturday, July 23, to help students attending college on the Tennessee Promise scholarship to log the community service hours required to keep their scholarship. “TN Promise Saturday is a way for our parks to connect students to the outdoor opportunities available […]

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Technical Education Programs Can Close Wage Gap

Visit any school in the country and you are likely to hear conversations about closing the achievement gap, and rightfully so. Closing the achievement gap helps to ensure a high-quality education for all students. While closing this gap is important, there are other gaps that largely go ignored by educators: namely, skills and wage gaps. Although […]

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Tennessee Chamber Creates New College Choice Tool

National higher education leaders have collaborated with Tennessee agencies to create a new tool that will help aspiring college students evaluate campuses and programs based on earning potential, workforce demand and other local factors. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry joined forces together to collaborate with Gallup […]

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ECD Commissioner Says Tennessee Promise Is State’s Top Sales Tool

Randy Boyd has the answer for businesses considering Tennessee who are worried about ample workforce supply. It’s the Tennessee Promise. Boyd, the state’s commissioner of economic and community development, invoked the program, which provides last-dollar scholarships to community college for high school seniors, when asked to identify his “big idea for America” at veteran entrepreneurship […]

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Gov. Haslam Launches New College Advising Program

Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday announced the launch of a $2.4 million advising program that will put additional college counselors into 30 public high schools across the state in the fall. Counselors will work with about 10,000 juniors and seniors statewide, according to Haslam’s office. The counselors’ goal will be to help students enroll in the college where they will be […]

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Tennessee launches $1M effort to get more adults in college

Gov. Bill Haslam has talked for months about the need to get more adults into Tennessee colleges, and starting this week the state is putting that message on billboards and TV screens across the state. The advertising is part of a $1 million push to encourage adults with some college credits to return to campus to earn […]

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