• Tennessee Receives $24.5 Million to Boost College Access Statewide

    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | 10:01am

    NASHVILLE – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Tennessee Higher Education Commission a $24.5 million grant to increase the number of low-income students in Tennessee who are accessing and succeeding in higher education. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant will provide Tennessee $3.5 million in resources annually over seven years.

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  • THEC Awards Third Year of Tennessee Promise Forward Grants to Community Colleges

    Thursday, September 07, 2017 | 12:14pm

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has awarded nearly $800,000 in Tennessee Promise Forward grants to five community colleges to develop and expand innovative student success and retention programs. Through the grants, community colleges will provide academic, advising, and community partnership programs to enable more Tennessee Promise students to earn a post-secondary credential.

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  • THEC Reports Show More Students than Ever Going to College, Demonstrate Progress toward the Drive to 55

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 9:30am

    NASHVILLE – A record number of students are going to college directly after high school and they are showing up more prepared once they get there according to two recent reports from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The annual Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book and the interactive 2017 Profiles and Trends in Higher Education report published by THEC highlight data and trends in relation to the Drive to 55. 

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  • Tennessee Promise Sees Increased Enrollment, Strong Retention Rates in Year 2

    Thursday, February 02, 2017 | 4:15pm

    NASHVILLE, TN – February 2 – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced today that the number of Tennessee Promise students who enrolled in college for the first time grew in the program’s second year while the majority of the scholarship’s first class of students re-enrolled for a second year of college. The Tennessee Promise scholarship was the first in the nation to offer graduating high school seniors two years tuition-free at a community or technical college.

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  • LEAP Generates Nearly 1,000 In-Demand Postsecondary Credentials in First Full Year of Operation; THEC Recommends Additional Expansion of Program

    Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 12:56pm

    NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) released the 2017 Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) Report on Thursday, revealing that in the first full year of operation, LEAP programs across the state produced nearly 1,000 postsecondary credentials in high-demand industries. The graduates credentialed through LEAP address Tennessee’s shortage of skilled workers to fill job openings in fields such as manufacturing and production, healthcare, and information technology.

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  • TCAT Memphis and Bartlett High School Announce Partnership Providing Early College Credit in Machine Tool Technology

    Monday, October 10, 2016 | 1:49pm

    MEMPHIS – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Memphis and Bartlett City Schools will unveil a new partnership to provide college-level machine tool training to juniors and seniors at Bartlett High School. The partnership between the TCAT and the school district includes the placement of a machine tool technology lab on the Bartlett High School campus to promote early college credit for in-demand skills.

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  • State of Tennessee Rolls Out Series of Fall Events to Promote College Access

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 7:13am

    NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), along with many state partners, are launching a series of initiatives focused on increasing college enrollment in the state. TN FAFSA Frenzy, Scholarship Saturday, and College Application Week are designed to connect students and educators with resources to apply for college and financial aid, while continuing to boost the growing college-going rate in Tennessee, which increased to a historic high of 62.5 percent in 2015.  The launch of the events coincides with the opening of the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing period on October 1.

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  • THEC Awards Nearly $800,000 in Tennessee Promise Forward Grants to Community Colleges

    Monday, August 15, 2016 | 12:19pm

    NASHVILLE –  The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has awarded nearly $800,000 in Tennessee Promise Forward grants to five community colleges to focus on student success and retention. Through the grants, community colleges will develop and expand academic and advising programs to enable more Tennesseans to complete a post-secondary credential through the Tennessee Promise scholarship. 

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