Training options expanded with Tennessee Reconnect

Heather Mullinix, Crossville Chronicle While much of the focus of the Drive to 55 initiative in the state has been on high school graduates, a new program hopes to make it easier for older students to get training to help launch new careers through the Tennessee Reconnect program. “Beginning Fall 2015, they’ll be able to […]

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Can our community college system honor Tennessee Promise?

By Sam Stockard, The Nashville Ledger   With more than 50,000 high school seniors applying for free community college tuition and fees through Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, it’s reasonable to wonder if Tennessee’s community colleges have the infrastructure – including classroom space and instructors – to handle such an influx of new students.   […]

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Keeping The Promise

Paul Bradley, Community College Week Soon after being named to spearhead Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s drive to dramatically increase the number of college-degree holders in the state, Mike Krause started criss-crossing the Volunteer State. His mission: to meet personally with presidents of two-year colleges as the state began a drive to recruit and enroll students […]

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How ‘Tennessee Promise’ got its start

Megan Boehnke, Knoxville News Sentinel Like any good preacher, Buzz Thomas begins with his hands in his pockets and a casual tone, leaving plenty of room for his message to crescendo. He stands in front of a two-story wall of windows, and at 7:30 a.m. on a Tuesday in October, the rising sun is casting a […]

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Students jump at chance for free college tuition

Dave Boucher, The Tennessean When Gov. Bill Haslam announced the creation of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, the state anticipated 20,000 students might apply. A little more than a week before the Nov. 1 application deadline, the number of students embarking down the path toward free tuition at a Tennessee community college or college of applied technology […]

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Benefits of Free

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed The concept of tuition-free community college is picking up steam. Chicago this month followed Tennessee with the creation of a new community-college scholarship for high school graduates. Meanwhile, student demand in Tennessee has been enormous. The Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, reported that in just two months 35,000 high school seniors have applied to the […]

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Benefits of Free

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed The concept of tuition-free community college is picking up steam. Chicago this month followed Tennessee with the creation of a new community-college scholarship for high school graduates. Meanwhile, student demand in Tennessee has been enormous. The Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, reported that in just two months 35,000 high school seniors have applied to the […]

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35,000 Tennessee students apply for free community college

Joey Garrison, The Tennessean If there’s a single moment that has best captured the rush to attend community college for free in Tennessee, it probably came at Motlow State last month. The Lynchburg, Tenn., school held what it called “Scholarship Saturday.” In just four hours, more than 1,300 students signed up for Tennessee Promise, the new program […]

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