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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Drive to 55
Tennessee is exceeding the ambitious "Drive to 55" goal to graduate 79,000 students with a college or post-secondary degree annually by about 1,500 students each year. State Senator Steve Southerland says the news was part of a "State of Higher Education" report delivered to members of the Senate Education Committee this week. The improved graduation rate can be partially attributed to the number of adult learners who are coming back to earn their degree through Tennessee's Reconnect Grant Program. It is the state's initiative to help more adults return to higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential. The Tennessee Reconnect Grant is available to individuals who: have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year and have not previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree. The award amount that students receive varies based on the amount of remaining tuition and mandatory fees after all other gift aid has first been applied. Tennessee's success with the program goes against national trends which show declining enrollment, especially as the economy has strengthened.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • House approves voucher bill
  • Newport City Council special meeting
  • Newport Utilities
  • Drug take-back

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Six injured in crash
  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Cocke County grand jury
  • Legislative action

    Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Cocke County flooding
  • Tennessee jobs
  • NFL draft coming to Nashville
  • Earth Day
  • Sturgein release

    Saturday, April 20, 2019

  • Turner arrest
  • Southerland report
  • Unemployment in Tennessee
  • Mueller report

    Friday, April 19, 2019

  • TDOT projects
  • Cocke County Partnership
  • Voucher plan may be stalled

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