Randy Boyd: Skilled workers, education are TN focus

The state’s head of economic and community development spoke to Dickson business leaders last week about Tennessee job market trends and the skills and education needed to fill those jobs. Randy Boyd, founder of Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corp. that produces thousands of pet products such as Invisible Fence and PetSafe, started in his position as […]

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Tennessee Promise second-year data likely to be impressive

What percentage of students returning for their second year at Tennessee community colleges through the Tennessee Promise program would make Gov. Bill Haslam believe his innovative program is a success? One in five? One in four? One in three? One in two? If Volunteer State Community College is any indication, nearly 60 percent of students […]

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Tennessee Promise sets application record — again

The Tennessee Promise scholarship program has hit another high, with a record number of high school seniors applying to participate in its third year. Gov. Bill Haslam’s office announced Wednesday that 60,780 students have signed up for the program, making them eligible for a tuition-free education at any of the state’s community or technical colleges. That marks the […]

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New Tennessee Education Organization Aims To Increase Number Of College Grads

Complete Tennessee, a new education advocacy group focused on increasing postsecondary attainment in Tennessee, officially launched on Tuesday with former Tennessee Board of Regents assistant vice chancellor Dr. Kenyatta Lovett serving as executive director. The organization will work with local communities statewide to identify opportunities and best practices to promote college completion and increase graduation […]

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Editorial: Tennessee Promise program poised for success

The program got off to an imperfect start, but Tennessee Promise is on track to fulfill an important mission — beefing up the ranks of the well-educated workforce that will help communities across the state expand economic opportunities and strengthen the state economy. In other words, Gov. Bill Haslam had a good idea — making […]

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THEC Fact Book Shows Nearly 70,00 Adult College Students in Tennessee

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has released the 2015-16 Tennessee Higher Education Adult Student Fact Book highlighting trends among adult learners in the state and how programs such as Tennessee Reconnect are shaping the path to the Drive to 55. The publication includes information about the 57,176 adult students enrolled at public institutions, as […]

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Tennessee Promise year 2 marked by tweaks, not overhaul

It would be hard to overstate the impact of Tennessee Promise on Justin Short’s life. The state’s innovative and trendsetting scholarship program, which has become one of Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature accomplishments, has enabled the Kingsport, Tenn., student to attend community college tuition-free. He says higher education, and a chance at a better life, would […]

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New THEC Executive Director Talks About Tennessee Higher Ed Changes

Gov. Bill Haslam recently tapped one of his senior advisers, Mike Krause, to lead the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as it takes on new authority this fall. Krause, who previously oversaw the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, will head the agency as it begins to serve as a referee between a growing number of governing bodies. The state’s new higher education landscape — sketched out […]

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Tennessee Reconnect Helps Adults Realize College Dream

Hundreds of students from Middle Tennessee State University are taking the first steps into the real world after graduating college Saturday. “It can be done. There’s no dream too small, too big. Just pursue what you want, you will get your dreams.” Four days ago, Mark Eischeid got the news he would graduate; a task […]

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