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A young reader enjoys learning about technical careers in a new children’s book from Tennessee’s Colleges of Applied Technology.
November 25, 2020

It’s no secret that Tennessee, like much of the nation, has experienced a shortage of skilled workers in recent years – with high demands for more nurses, computer technicians, welders and other technical fields. In an effort to encourage more young Tennesseans to consider one of these many careers, TBR – The College System of Tennessee has premiered an original children’s book entitled “Let’s Explore Technical Careers.”


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TCAT Elizabethton's Tyler Hankes works with 3D printer in computer lab
November 20, 2020

Tennessee’s community and technical colleges are ready to help Tennesseans who want to learn a new career or new skills. With Tennessee Reconnect, it’s tuition-free – and enrolling in classes online or in your community is easy.


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November 11, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ committee chairs and the Audit Committee will meet Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, to receive updates and review a number of items in advance of the full board’s next quarterly meeting in December.


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Chancellor's Commendation for Military Veterans
November 10, 2020

Military veterans at Tennessee’s community and technical colleges are being honored in Veterans Day activities this week – and one veteran at each college will be awarded the inaugural Chancellor’s Commendation for Military Veterans.

The Tennessee Board of Regents and Chancellor Flora W. Tydings established the new commendation as a system-level award to honor the service, bravery and sacrifices of military veterans in the campus communities. It supplements Veterans Day ceremonies, observances or recognitions that the colleges traditionally conduct.


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three students studying rocks
October 21, 2020

As part of its continuing work to reduce the costs of college attendance and increase equity in student outcomes, the Tennessee Board of Regents is awarding grants to faculty teams at seven community colleges to create learning materials for their courses that students will use for free, in lieu of commercially published textbooks.


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TN Promise Deadline Nov 1
October 20, 2020

Tennessee Promise provides Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend a community or technical college free of tuition and mandatory fees. Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program.

The application deadline for Summer/Fall 2021 has been extended to December 1, 2020.

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October 9, 2020

The Audit Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents will meet at 9:30 a.m. CT, Wednesday, Oct. 14, to review and consider hiring an information systems auditor at the TBR system office. 

The committee will meet by videoconferencing.  Anyone wishing to observe the public meeting may contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at sonja.mason@tbr.edu or 615-366-3927 for call-in information.

The Board of Regents governs Tennessee's public community colleges and colleges of applied technology.


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We All Rise
October 8, 2020

Nearly 500 faculty, students, administrators and staff from colleges and universities across the state participated in the College System of Tennessee’s We All Rise Biennial Conference on Equity and Completion Oct. 5 and 6, with a focus on improving college success and completion for all students.


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Success for all students
September 29, 2020

All 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology have been accepted into the national Achieving the Dream Network, bolstering their commitment to the success of all students.


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September 23, 2020

Tennessee’s Community Colleges awarded a record number of 15,874 degrees and technical certificates during the 2019-20 academic year – a 44 percent increase from a decade ago. The previous high was 15,240 two years ago.


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September 17, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its fall quarterly meeting Sept. 22-23, with an agenda that includes reports on fall semester enrollment and results of the 2019-20 academic year.

The board, which governs Tennessee’s public community and technical colleges, will also consider funding recommendations for new or expanded program initiatives for fiscal year 2021-22.


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Tennessee Pathways Dashboard
September 9, 2020

Students, parents, educators and all Tennesseans can now locate information about high-quality career pathways offered across the state through a new online dashboard and map.


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August 25, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ committee chairs, and the board’s Audit Committee, will meet Tuesday, Sept. 1, to review a number of items in advance of the full board’s next quarterly meeting Sept. 22-23.


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Tennessee's community colleges welcome students for Fall semester
August 24, 2020

Tennessee’s community colleges are welcoming students back for Fall semester, in a variety of class modalities and with a focus on keeping them healthy and safe as they continue their studies.

Eleven of the 13 community colleges start fall classes Monday, Aug. 24.  Northeast State Community College began classes Aug. 17 and Roane State Community College launched Aug. 19.

The 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology start their Fall terms Sept. 1.


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Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute
August 12, 2020

Seven of the 30 members of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute class of 2020-21 announced today by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education represent Tennessee community and technical colleges and the College System of Tennessee.

SCORE invited the 30 leaders from across higher education, K-12 education, business and industry, and nonprofit organizations to participate in the 5th Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute.


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August 6, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting Aug. 12 to consider policy revisions required by new federal Title IX regulations and a new Infectious Disease Policy for the state's community and technical colleges.


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Jackson State Classroom
June 18, 2020

Students attending Tennessee’s public community colleges and colleges of applied technology will see no tuition or fee increase during the upcoming academic year as a result of action today by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


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Dr. Carol Puryear
June 18, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents today appointed Dr. Carol Puryear as president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro, where she has served as interim president since May 2019.

She previously led the college as its director from 2007 to 2012, when she left to join the Tennessee Board of Regents system staff, first as associate vice chancellor of instruction and special projects for all 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology and, since 2017, as vice chancellor of economic and community development.


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June 12, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene its regular quarterly meeting June 18-19, with an agenda that includes consideration of tuition, fees and budgets for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Board of Regents governs Tennessee’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.


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Vol State Springfield science lab
June 5, 2020

Volunteer State Community College's Springfield campus has received approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents and Tennessee Higher Education Commission to offer complete college degree programs in Robertson County starting this fall semester 2020. The college has offered classes at the Springfield campus since 2011 but until now, students have had to combine the courses offered in Springfield with other courses held online or on the Vol State Gallatin campus to obtain a degree.


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