Vol State: Four Family Members all Using TN Reconnect

Tuition-free community college, with TN Reconnect, is inspiring thousands of adults across the state to attend college this fall. Volunteer State Community College has nearly 1000 new eligible applicants thus far. But it isn’t just individuals signing-up. Couples, and even whole families, are taking the opportunity to earn a college degree. Jim and Kim Bare […]

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The Single Best Way to Help Older Students? ‘Colleges Shouldn’t Make Adults Do Scavenger Hunts’

Speaking from his own experience, Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, says colleges should help veterans, for example, “just enough.” They appreciate peer mentorship, but “veterans don’t need coddling.” Goldie Blumenstyk writes about the intersection of business and higher education. Check out www.goldieblumenstyk.com for information on her book about the higher-education crisis; follow […]

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Adult Education Moving To Chattanooga State On July 2

The TCAT Athens Adult Education program in Hamilton County will be moving the James A. Henry office to the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College on Amnicola Highway. Adult Education offices and classrooms will be located on the second floor of the Center for Business, Industry and Health (CBIH) building. “Adult Education provides critical […]

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Building workforce for Tennessee’s future

Toyota vehicles are built to last, and we expect the same of our workforce, which is why training and retraining our employees is a critical part of our success. But building the workforce of the future isn’t something we can do alone, and that’s a message I want to make sure our political leaders understand. […]

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12 rural Tennessee counties eye college completion rates to boost residents’ career skills

Faced with a low number of college-educated workers, 12 rural Tennessee counties are digging into how they can get their residents to complete a degree. The counties spread out across the state and organized into five regional councils are part of a newly launched pilot initiative by Complete Tennessee focused on clearing hurdles to obtain a college degree or certificate. […]

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Tennessee Achieves seeks 9,000 mentors

Starting Friday, Tennessee Achieves began recruiting 9,000 volunteer mentors to meet its goal of providing every Tennessee Promise applicant from the class of 2019 with a local support system. Tennessee Promise, also referred to as TN Promise, affords every graduating high school senior in the state the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free. […]

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Opinion | Building a tuition-free workforce in Tennessee

Graduation season is in full swing, and we get to celebrate the hard work and perseverance of so many who have achieved their dreams of earning a college degree. Their college success is not only important to their future lives, but also to the future of Tennessee. Like many places across the country, Tennessee is […]

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Area adults enroll in DSCC technical courses due to TN Reconnect

With the announcement of the TN Reconnect, many adults are realizing their dream of attaining a college certificate or degree can become a reality. With the initiative, most of these adults are enrolling in Tennessee colleges for opportunities to advance their careers. Dyersburg State Community College offers various career technical and certificate programs that draw […]

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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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