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By Paul Bradley  /  
2014 October 13 - 07:13 pm

Coming Oct. 27: The Tennessee Promise

Recruiters Have Been Fanning out Across the state to Tell Students About The Tennessee Promise

 All across Tennessee, from Nashville to Memphis, from Knoxville tom Chattanooga, community colleges are preparing to welcome the High School Class of 2015 – the first class to qualify for free tuition at the state’s two-year institutions. Recruiters have been fanning out across the state to tell students about the Tennessee Promise – the landmark state scholarship program that will remove a critical barriers to college access. e. Under the program, students will receive funding to cover the cost of tuition at the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology that is not covered by other scholarships or grants. It’s part of Gov. Bill Haslem’s “Drive to 55” initiative to see 55 percent of Tennesseans earn college degrees. It’s received a lot of positive publicity. But less noticed has been the effort by community colleges to help these students succeed and earn a degree. But college officials know that expanding access is not enough. So they have been rounding up volunteer mentors to help guide the students through their college experience. They are contemplating adding more student support classes and expanding first-year seminar classes the college offers. The deadline for students to sign up for the scholarship program, and more than 40,000 students are expended to seek out the scholarships

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