Tennessee Reconnect Education over 50

It’s never been easy to earn a college degree. For older students who spent their prime years raising families and working as many as several jobs, getting that degree is even harder. However, the state of Tennessee is trying to increase the number of college graduates in the state. Tennessee Reconnect is the state’s initiative […]

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AllianceBernstein, others back citywide program to grow Nashville’s talent pool

One of Nashville’s newest corporate recruits is chipping in for a recently launched program to build Nashville’s talent pipeline. This week, the mayor’s office announced a slate of donations to Nashville Getting Results by Advancing Degrees (GRAD), the city-sponsored program designed to cover the costs of community college not included under the state’s Tennessee Promise and […]

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New program will help Knox County students attend and finish college

Tennessee Promise students in Knox County will now have access to additional financial aid and mentoring through a new program, announced on Wednesday. Knox Promise, a pilot program for Tennessee Promise-eligible students, aims to increase the number of Knox County college graduates by providing need-based grants, a textbook stipend, a coach to support students in […]

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Hundreds of graduates receive degrees apart of the TN Reconnect program

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- More than 1,400 degrees were given out during Southwest Tennessee Community College’s graduation on Saturday. The graduation included about 175 students who were part of the “TN Reconnect” program started by former Governor Bill Haslam in 2017.   The program established Tennessee as the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free community […]

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Valuing the Return on Investment of Higher Education | Opinion

The recent release of Complete Tennessee’s State of Higher Education in Tennessee report made me think about the goal of true education. My thoughts are shaped by my educational background in higher and adult education and the quote by Martin Luther King Jr. (said while he was a student at my alma mater, Morehouse College): […]

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Bigham: Strengthening our community tomorrow requires improving educational outcomes today

These are good times for Tennessee’s economy, and Hamilton County is a key contributor to the state’s growth and prosperity. Following the difficult days of the Great Recession, our community has emerged stronger than ever. New jobs are opening, and Chattanooga has earned international attention for efforts to support business development and spark innovation. Additionally, […]

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Tennessee’s Community Colleges See Boost In Graduation Rates But Want To Aim Higher

More students are completing their degrees at community colleges. That’s good news for the Tennessee Board of Regents, which met Thursday for its quarterly meeting. The TBR system, which includes the state’s 13 public community colleges, has long struggled to raise graduation rates. Among students who started in 2010, for example, 13.6 percent ended up […]

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