• 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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  • Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) Will Celebrate Workforce Development on TN LEAP Day

    Monday, February 22, 2016 | 2:30pm

    NASHVILLE – February 22 – The Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) will showcase its successes at sites across Tennessee on TN LEAP Day, February 29th. Education and employer sites throughout the twelve LEAP site areas will demonstrate the skills students are learning through the program and provide students an opportunity to meet with employers.

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  • THEC Report Highlights Continued Demand for Skilled Workers

    Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 1:19pm

    NASHVILLE – January 21 – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) released the 2016 Academic Supply and Occupational Demand in Tennessee report, showcasing the supply of educated labor in Tennessee as it relates to job vacancies and job demand for various occupations. The report projects that a significant increase in the number of degrees awarded will continue through 2025, with particular growth among bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, jobs in manufacturing, construction, and transportation continue to be in high demand, while Tennessee colleges and universities offer programs to train students in those fields.

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