Tennessee Promise, Reconnect Programs Are Paying Off

By Dr. Tony Miksa Soon, the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance” will fill the Walters State Expo Center as we celebrate over 600 graduates this spring, our second commencement of this academic year. We are making preparations to mark this special occasion for our students and for hosting thousands of family members and friends coming […]

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myFutureNC Blog Series: Lessons Learned on the Road to 55

By Mike Krause, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission Like most people, I take immense pride in my home state. Tennessee is home to many who have made significant contributions, including great Americans like Sergeant Alvin York, author Alex Haley, and entertainers such as Dolly Parton and Tina Turner. And just as residents of the Old […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam joins Mayor Jim Strickland pitching education and employment

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland traveled across a wet city on Sunday, visiting several area churches to spread the good news about the availability of educational and employment opportunities. Christened “Opportunity Sunday,” the governor was with Strickland to remind church members of the Tennessee Promise (tnpromise.gov) program which allows anyone in the state with a […]

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Adults Reconnect in Tennessee

The state expands tuition-free scholarship beyond traditional-age students — as other states follow suit — and gets a larger than anticipated response from adult workers. When Tennessee launched its free community college program four years ago, some questioned why recent high school graduates were the only ones to benefit. Then last year, Bill Haslam, the state’s Republican […]

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More than 10,000 apply for free-tuition program for Tennessee adults

More than 10,000 people have applied to a new program in Tennessee that allows adults to attend community college or technical schools tuition-free, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday. The application period for Tennessee Reconnect opened on Feb. 15. The program was approved by the Legislature last year after Haslam promoted it. It followed in the […]

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A skilled workforce is key to higher wages

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge recently recalled an incident late last year when representatives of a South Korean auto parts manufacturer visited Jonesborough to scout the Washington County Industrial Park as a possible site for a new plant. Eldridge said company officials had placed Washington County on its short list of likely locations for expansion, […]

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Gov. Haslam: Now is the time to ‘reconnect’ with college dreams

By Governor Bill Haslam Many adults in Tennessee may regret not going to college, or regret not finishing college after starting. Many may have had every intention of finishing college, but life got in the way, and circumstances didn’t allow them to complete their education. Then it became difficult to go back. And for many […]

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Application opens for free community college or technical school through Tennessee Reconnect

Applications for the Tennessee Reconnect program, a new initiative providing free tuition for adults to enroll in community college or technical school, are now open, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday. The program builds off the Tennessee Promise program, which provides recent high school graduates two years of tuition-free community or technical college. Tennessee Reconnect will […]

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New state initiative encouraging adults to go back to school

JACKSON—Gov. Bill Haslam spoke about the potential impact of his latest education initiative to help adults enter higher education – Southwest Tennessee Reconnect – at the Jackson Chamber Thursday afternoon. Southwest Tennessee Reconnect is a locally-based organization created with the goal of providing support and assistance to adults to help them earn a college degree or […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam touts education gains, says Drive to 55 two years ahead of pace

Gov. Bill Haslam plans to seal his legacy on education through his final budget, boosting teacher pay and placing more money into higher education. Meanwhile, the governor in his final State of the State address on Monday said that Tennessee’s efforts to get more adults earning college degrees is paying off. “Our goal of 55 percent of Tennesseans having […]

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