Richard Locker, The Commercial Appeal
NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam will participate in President Obama’s second College Opportunity Day of Action Thursday in Washington, along with the President, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and education and business leaders.
The governor’s office said the conference will bring together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofits and others who are committed to supporting more college opportunities for students across the country.
Haslam is expected to detail his Tennessee Promise initiative, which will provide two years of free community college for high school graduates starting next fall with the high school class of 2015.
This event will focus on building networks of colleges around promoting completion, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, and increasing the number of college graduates in science, technology, engineering and math fields.