Tennessee is investing in a program that helps adults finish their college degree. Will it boost the economy?

A decade ago, when Lara Mechling was a college freshman at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, she decided she’d rather party than study. She dropped out midway through the spring semester, a decision that haunted her for years. In August, the 29-year-old mother got a second chance. She walked onto the campus of Pellissippi […]

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Editorial: Making college affordable in Tennessee

As the cost of college continues to increase, all of us in higher education have an obligation to work toward making it more affordable. Fortunately, in recent years, higher education leaders in Tennessee have been at the forefront of policy and innovation designed to make college more accessible and affordable. Nevertheless, student debt continues to […]

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Tennessee Reconnect helps adults hop back on degree track

At age 46, Allen Hunter decided to enroll at Chattanooga State Community College, determined to earn a degree. “The first thing I’ve got to do is set expectations for my children,” he said last week. “I went back to school to set an example for them.” Returning to school full time was a culture shock, […]

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TN Reconnect helps adults continue their education

With the official signing of the Tennessee Reconnect Act last month, every Tennessean will now have the opportunity to enter or reenter public higher education tuition-free. Tennessee Reconnect, which was proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam in his State of the State early this year, was passed by the General Assembly in May. The program is […]

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Haslam Editorial: Tennessee lands a first among states in reconnecting adults to education

In Tennessee we’ve created innovative workforce partnerships and game-changing education reform for skills in high demand. The result is a steady pipeline of qualified candidates for companies doing business in our state. Tennessee is leading the way nationwide in K–12 education reform. We have continued that momentum and expanded our focus to include postsecondary education through a critical mission […]

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The First State To Offer Free Community College To Nearly Every Adult

The opportunity to go to college for free is more available than ever before. States and cities, in the last year especially, have funded programs for students to go to two-year, and in some cases, four-year, schools. Tennessee has taken the idea one step further. Community college is already free for graduating high school students. […]

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Haslam: No matter background, Tennesseans can get free college

Gov. Bill Haslam returned Wednesday to one of the campuses that reaped the greatest benefits of his Tennessee Promise plan, signing into law a new bill that will allow any adult resident to return to college or attend for the first time for free. Since Haslam signed Tennessee Promise into law in 2014, attendance at Motlow State Community […]

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Tuition-free community college to become the norm in Tennessee as bill heads to Haslam

Tennessee will become the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free community college to nearly every resident without a degree. State lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval for Gov. Bill Haslam’s landmark plan, which would allow any adult resident of Tennessee without a college degree to get one at a community college without paying tuition. It now goes […]

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Tennessee makes community college free for all adults

Lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday that will expand the Tennessee Promise program that launched in 2014. It made tuition and fees free for recent high school graduates enrolled in a community college or technical school. Now, adults who don’t already have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree can go for free, too, starting in the 2018 fall semester. Governor […]

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