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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Editorial: Why some students quit college – and how they can finish

Growing up in Cookeville, Tenn., Hayley Furcean was determined to be the first college graduate in her family. “I’ve always been the smart kid,” she says. After graduating from high school in 2008, she earned a full academic scholarship for her first year at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and began studying early childhood education. […]

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Tennessee Promise students showing higher success rates than national average

The first cohort of Tennessee Promise students has had a success rate of 56.2 percent, compared to the national average of just 17 percent, Flora Tydings, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, told the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Thursday. Tennessee Promise provides “last dollars” scholarships to high school graduates wanting to attend two-year state […]

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Tennessee Promise students more likely to succeed in college, less likely to drop out, new data shows

Students using Tennessee’s free community college scholarship are significantly more likely to succeed in college than their peers outside the program, according to data released Thursday. Fifty-six percent of Tennessee Promise students who entered college in 2015, the program’s first year, had graduated, transferred to a four-year university or remained in school two years later. Only […]

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