Gov. Bill Haslam who proposed Tennessee Promise as a component of his “Drive to 55” campaign has been working to build a workforce for the state that will be able to do the jobs of the 21st century.
Tennessee Promise will provide “last dollar” grants to high school graduates, which means that program funds will come after students receive all other available financial aid.
Mentors also can help students to earn grades that will help them to maintain this financial aid.
Having necessary job skills and the ability to learn those jobs skills is as important to the individual as it is to the governor and other state officials who are trying to bring more and better jobs to the state.
Rutherford County will need 300 mentors, and McFarland is among those who already have registered as mentors.
Those who want to register as mentors can visit www.tnachieves.org and click on the “mentor” tab.
The Tennessee Promise program will get under way in the fall of 2015, but deadline for registration is Nov. 1.
Just as Tennessee Promise is an investment of lottery reserve funds in the state’s future, its mentoring program is an investment of time, energy and talent in the state’s future.
More importantly, it is an investment of these strengths in the young people who will help to build that future.
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