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Vol State presidential search begins
April 21, 2021

The Search Advisory Committee leading the search for the next president of Volunteer State Community College has scheduled its first meeting and a public forum on Wednesday, April 28.

The forum is scheduled for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. CT, with the committee’s meeting immediately following at 9:30 a.m. – both by teleconferencing due to health and safety precautions for the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center Inaugural Ceremony
April 16, 2021

The College System of Tennessee is proud to be a major part of the new Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center in Lawrenceburg, whose opening was celebrated Friday by the Lawrence County community.


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Vol State Campus
March 31, 2021

The Search Advisory Committee that will lead the search for the next president of Volunteer State Community College has been appointed and will meet April 28, following a public forum on the search process.

Regent MaryLou Apple will chair the 18-member committee, which also includes Regents Joey Hatch and Emily J. Reynolds and representatives of the college’s students, faculty, staff and alumni, and civic and business leaders from the community. The complete list of members is below.


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Willie Huffman, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Paris and McKenzie
March 25, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents today appointed Willie Huffman as the next president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Paris and McKenzie, and approved criteria for the next presidents of Volunteer State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at McMinnville.


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SOAR homepage logo
March 25, 2021

The College System of Tennessee honored the outstanding students, faculty and staff members, two colleges of the year and the philanthropists, volunteers and partners who support them in the system’s third annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards ceremony today.

The six individual SOAR Award winners are from Chattanooga State, Southwest Tennessee and Walters State Community Colleges and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Oneida, Pulaski and Shelbyville.


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SOAR homepage logo
March 24, 2021

The third annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards for the system’s outstanding students, faculty and staff members, will stream live at 8:25 a.m. CT, Thursday, March 25.

Visit the SOAR Page for More Information and to View the Stream


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March 18, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its next quarterly meeting March 25. The agenda includes consideration of appointment of the next president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Paris and McKenzie, proposed criteria for the next presidents of Volunteer State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at McMinnville, new program proposals and other items.


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Assistant Vice Chancellor Hollins
March 17, 2021

Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Dr. Tachaka Hollins as a Fellow for the 2021 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The program’s review committee selected 20 participants for the 2020-2021 cohort.  The PLSP-ECMCF will support current and aspiring leaders in career and technical education (CTE). The goal is to provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs. 


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Cleveland State Community College Health & Science Center
March 9, 2021

Cleveland State Community College is celebrating the opening of the first new building on its main campus in more than 40 years – the new Health & Science Center.

Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings and other state and local leaders joined President Bill Seymour, students and other college representatives for a grand opening ceremony March 5. Classes will start in the new 54,000-square-feet facility March 15.


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Two finalists selected for next president of TCATs Paris & McKenzie
March 4, 2021

A Search Advisory Committee has selected two finalists for the next president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Paris and McKenzie. The candidates will participate in online campus interviews and public forums on Thursday, March 11 for members of the public and the campus communities to learn more about them – the next step in the selection process.

The finalists are:


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March 2, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ committee chairs and its Audit Committee will meet Tuesday, March 9, 2021, to receive updates and review a number of items in advance of the full board’s next quarterly meeting March 25.


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Open Education Week
March 2, 2021

Tennessee’s community and technical colleges are celebrating national Open Education Week this week (March 1-5), as part of a statewide collaboration among colleges and universities in lowering textbook costs by expanding the use of freely available, openly-licensed Open Educational Resources (OER).


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Dr. Allana Hamilton Memorial Scholarship Fund
March 2, 2021

Dr. Allana Hamilton headed to college more than 35 years ago intending to become a medical doctor. Later, as a graduate teaching assistant in biology, and in summers as a state park naturalist helping visitors learn about the park’s plant and animal life, she discovered a love for teaching and changed her career path to education.


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UT announces partnership with Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville & Knoxville College
February 26, 2021

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has entered into a collaborative partnership with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville and Knoxville College that reinforces UT’s commitment to connect the university’s knowledge and resources with the community in mutually beneficial ways, UT announced Thursday.


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Roane State honored as Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction
February 19, 2021 Roane State Community College

Roane State Community College is one of just four colleges across the country to earn Leader College of Distinction status, the highest designation offered to institutions in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Network.


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Board of Regents to hold Strategic Plan Workshop Feb. 12
February 5, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a second Strategic Plan Workshop with TBR staff on Feb. 12, 2021, in which board members will continue discussing the current mid-cycle review of the 2015-25 Strategic Plan for the College System of Tennessee.


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Deadlines extended for TN Reconnect & Dual Enrollment scholarships
February 4, 2021

Great news for adults who want to start or finish college and high school students who want to take for-credit college classes!


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Southwest Tennessee Community College wins national Bellwether Award
January 28, 2021

Southwest Tennessee Community College has won the prestigious national 2021 Bellwether Award in the category of Planning, Governance and Finance. The highly competitive award recognizes community colleges for their cutting-edge, trendsetting programs that are worthy of replication.


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Dr. Carol Puryear and Dr. Jeff Sisk
January 25, 2021

The presidents of two Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology have been re-elected to the governing board of the Council on Occupational Education, and two others are members of key COE committees.

Dr. Carol Puryear, president of TCAT Murfreesboro, and Dr. Jeff Sisk, president of TCAT Jackson, were re-elected to new three-year terms on the 19-member Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) during COE’s recent Annual Business Session.


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Nashville State Community College
January 19, 2021 Nashville State Community College

Austin Peay State University and Nashville State Community College recently signed an agreement to help students complete their degree or pursue additional degrees. The agreement formalizes the ability of a student who completes an associate degree at Nashville State to be granted admission to select undergraduate programs at APSU.  


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