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Students walking to class at Tennessee's community colleges
June 18, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved tuition, fees and preliminary budgets for the 2021-22 academic year at the state’s community and technical colleges, updates to the systemwide strategic plan, and new training programs at the technical colleges.


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Finalists selected for next president of Volunteer State Community College
June 18, 2021

A Tennessee Board of Regents Search Advisory Committee has selected three finalists for the next president of Volunteer State Community College. They will participate in campus visits – including forums with campus groups and the public – June 22, 23 and 24, the next step in the selection process.

The finalists are:


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June 11, 2021

At its quarterly meeting June 17-18, the Tennessee Board of Regents will consider tuition and fee increases averaging 1.83 to 1.87 at the state’s community and technical colleges – equating to $24 per trimester at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and $42 to $45 per semester at the community colleges.


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Gov. Bill Lee with Tennessee National Guard personnel
June 11, 2021

With Gov. Bill Lee’s expansion of the STRONG Act on May 17, there is no better time for Tennessee National Guardsmen to take advantage of incentives and benefits regarding their civilian education. While programs like the GI Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance have been around for some time, improvements to the Tennessee STRONG Act offer more educational options than ever before. Guardsmen can graduate with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or attend a technical school almost completely debt-free.


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June 4, 2021

The Finance and Business Operations Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting June 11 to consider its recommendations for student tuition and fees for the 2021-22 academic year. The committee’s recommendations will then be considered and acted on by the full Board of Regents at its quarterly meeting June 18.

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


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Maxine Smith Fellows Class of 2021-22 announced
June 4, 2021

Thirteen faculty and staff members from the College System of Tennessee are among the 21 from colleges and universities statewide selected to participate in the 2021-22 Class of the Maxine Smith Fellows program.

The Maxine Smith Fellows program provides professional development, training and advancement opportunities for participants from traditionally underrepresented groups at the College System of Tennessee, governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), and the state’s locally governed public universities. Members meet monthly for a year, starting this month.


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May 25, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ committee chairs, the Audit Committee and the Personnel and Compensation Committee will meet Tuesday, June 1, to receive informational updates and review and consider a number of items in advance of the full board’s next quarterly meeting on June 17-18, including a discussion of the 2015-25 Strategic Plan Mid-Cycle Review.


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Jackson State Quest Program
May 20, 2021 Jackson State Community College

As a first-generation college student at Jackson State Community College, Kelan Jones didn’t have a clear understanding of how to be successful in college. A standout basketball player in high school, Jones saw the sport as his ticket to success. 


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Engineering Systems Technology student programs a robot in the robotics skills lab at JSCC
May 18, 2021

Jackson State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) at Jackson have signed an articulation agreement that will allow TCAT students in the Industrial Maintenance Integrated Automation program to have a more seamless transfer of credits to JSCC’s Engineering Systems Technology (EST) program.


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Tennessee Open Education
May 3, 2021

As part of its continuing strategy to reduce the costs of college attendance and increase equity in access and student success, the Tennessee Board of Regents is awarding grants totaling $477,624.00 to 19 faculty-led teams at 11 colleges and universities to create free Open Educational Resources (OER) for their courses.

The 72 faculty members, librarians, instructional designers and other professional staff who comprise the teams will collaborate and innovate within and across campuses to transform their courses with support from the OER Grant Program. 


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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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