Tennessee’s Community Colleges See Boost In Graduation Rates But Want To Aim Higher

More students are completing their degrees at community colleges. That’s good news for the Tennessee Board of Regents, which met Thursday for its quarterly meeting. The TBR system, which includes the state’s 13 public community colleges, has long struggled to raise graduation rates. Among students who started in 2010, for example, 13.6 percent ended up […]

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TCAT grads nearly guaranteed to get a job in their field

SURGOINSVILLE — Here’s a promise that no four-year college or university can make. If you complete a 12-16 month certificated course at one of the region’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology campuses, there’s almost a 100 percent chance you’ll get a job in your chosen field when you graduate. TCAT President Jerry Young told the […]

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Complete Tennessee report: Set clear goals to increase college graduation rates among struggling students

If Tennessee wants to increase the number of its residents with a college degree or certificate, one mostly untapped place to look is at ensuring those incarcerated leave prison with an education. That is at least one area of focus listed in a report released Tuesday by Complete Tennessee, the nonprofit’s third on the Volunteer State’s state […]

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Tennessee community colleges are making strides and reforming fastest in the nation | Opinion

The College System of Tennessee keeps raising the bar to challenge students in an open-access system to perform better and thrive. Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect have made it possible for virtually every Tennessean to pursue a college degree or credential that will transform their lives forever. But removing the financial obstacles to higher education […]

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Mr. James goes to Motlow

Custodian offered scholarship following viral video Last month the internet was introduced to James Anthony, a custodian at Hickerson Elementary School, through a viral video of his being surprised by the school’s kindergarten class with an American Sign Language rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The video warmed the hearts of the thousands of people who watched […]

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Mars marks milestones at M&M’s plant in Cleveland, Tennessee

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Candy maker Mars marked two milestones on Tuesday at its M&M’s production plant here — the start of a $142 million expansion and 40 years in Bradley County. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said that Mars, the fifth largest private company in America, could expand anywhere but continues to choose Cleveland. “They keep […]

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McMinn County launches job skills program

‘Your Skills. Your Future.’ expands in East Tennessee McMinn County is turning to its neighboring county in Bradley to help resolve two critical labor concerns in East Tennessee: a dwindling workforce and a need for qualified workers at local manufacturing facilities. The McMinn County Economic Development Authority recently agreed to adopt a job skills promotional […]

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School system looks beyond high school

More than 500 students graduate from high school in Cumberland County each year.  Some students continue forward with their education, enrolling in a four-year university or utilizing the Tennessee Promise program to earn a two-year degree or occupational certificate at one of the state’s community colleges or a college of applied technology. But data shows […]

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