Tennessee community colleges are making strides and reforming fastest in the nation | Opinion

The College System of Tennessee keeps raising the bar to challenge students in an open-access system to perform better and thrive. Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect have made it possible for virtually every Tennessean to pursue a college degree or credential that will transform their lives forever. But removing the financial obstacles to higher education […]

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Mr. James goes to Motlow

Custodian offered scholarship following viral video Last month the internet was introduced to James Anthony, a custodian at Hickerson Elementary School, through a viral video of his being surprised by the school’s kindergarten class with an American Sign Language rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The video warmed the hearts of the thousands of people who watched […]

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Mars marks milestones at M&M’s plant in Cleveland, Tennessee

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Candy maker Mars marked two milestones on Tuesday at its M&M’s production plant here — the start of a $142 million expansion and 40 years in Bradley County. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said that Mars, the fifth largest private company in America, could expand anywhere but continues to choose Cleveland. “They keep […]

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McMinn County launches job skills program

‘Your Skills. Your Future.’ expands in East Tennessee McMinn County is turning to its neighboring county in Bradley to help resolve two critical labor concerns in East Tennessee: a dwindling workforce and a need for qualified workers at local manufacturing facilities. The McMinn County Economic Development Authority recently agreed to adopt a job skills promotional […]

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School system looks beyond high school

More than 500 students graduate from high school in Cumberland County each year.  Some students continue forward with their education, enrolling in a four-year university or utilizing the Tennessee Promise program to earn a two-year degree or occupational certificate at one of the state’s community colleges or a college of applied technology. But data shows […]

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Five things to know ahead of this year’s TN Promise deadline

Thousands of high school seniors might be scrambling to their computer Wednesday if they haven’t already submitted their application for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. With Thursday being this year’s deadline to apply, here are some things you should know about Tennessee’s landmark scholarship program and the upcoming deadline. 1. The deadline to apply is Nov. […]

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Study Reports Tennessee Community Colleges Ahead In Guided Pathway Reforms

Tennessee’s community colleges are “probably the furthest along in implementing guided pathways reforms” of any community college system in the nation, a new study by Columbia University concludes. “All 13 Tennessee community colleges are reforming their programs, policies, and processes to better help students choose, enter, navigate, and complete programs in fields of interest to […]

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