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Volunteer State's Tiffany Zwart, President Orinthia Montag
November 10, 2021

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 Chancellor’s Commendation for Military Veterans.

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Chancellor Flora W. Tydings established the commendation last year as a system-level recognition to honor the service, bravery and sacrifices of veterans in campus communities. The commendations are presented during Veterans Day ceremonies and observances traditionally conducted by TBR colleges.


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Search committee appointed for next president of Dyersburg State Community College
October 21, 2021

A Tennessee Board of Regents Search Advisory Committee has selected five finalists for the next president of Dyersburg State Community College. They will participate in campus visits – including forums with campus groups and the public – on Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 1, 2, the next step in the selection process.

The finalists are:


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Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute
October 6, 2021

Eleven of the 32 members of the 2021-22 class of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute, announced Tuesday by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), represent the College System of Tennessee and seven of its community and technical colleges.


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October 1, 2021

The College System of Tennessee has announced that its technical colleges will provide an onsite workforce training center to facilitate a career-to-workforce pipeline for Ford Motor Company’s future assembly plant in Blue Oval City – a $5.6 billion campus spanning 3,600 acres at the Memphis Regional Megasite in Stanton, Tennessee.


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September 28, 2021

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee today announced a new Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) to be developed on the Memphis Regional Megasite in conjunction with Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation’s Blue Oval City. 

“Leading companies select Tennessee because of our skilled workforce,” said Gov. Lee. “This unique partnership with Ford and SK Innovation will enable Tennesseans to skill up and meet the specific employment demands of Blue Oval City. Tennessee stands ready to provide a twenty-first century workforce.”


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Students degrees, certificates & diplomas earned in 2020-21
September 24, 2021

Tennessee’s public community and technical colleges awarded 22,956 degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduates during academic year 2020-21, essentially tying the record set the previous year despite enrollment declines.


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September 17, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet for its regular fall quarterly session Sept. 23-24, 2021. Agenda items include consideration of campus parking and traffic fines, dual-enrollment tuition rates, budget and capital outlay requests for fiscal year 2022-23, and criteria for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville.


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TCAT Nashville President Mark Lenz with graduates of the college
September 9, 2021

The Foundation for the College System of Tennessee has established a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Mark Lenz, the president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Nashville who passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8.


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August 25, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ Committee Chairs and the board's Audit Committee will meet Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, to receive updates and review several items in advance of the full board’s next quarterly meeting Sept. 23-24.

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


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Bill Haslam Center for Math and Science at Pellissippi State Community College
August 18, 2021 Pellissippi State Community College

Pellissippi State Community College students in math, science and teacher education courses will return to classes next week in a state-of-the-art new building. 

Denark Construction completed the Bill Haslam Center for Math and Science on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus this summer, and a Ribbon Cutting Celebration was held Tuesday, Aug. 17, to celebrate. 


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AT&T Foundation Donates $130,000 to The College System of Tennessee
August 11, 2021

To Support Last-Dollar Scholarships for Minority and Underserved Students at Tennessee’s 13 Community Colleges


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Dr. Orinthia Montague, Dr. Melody Edmonds
July 27, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents today appointed Dr. Orinthia T. Montague as the next president of Volunteer State Community College and Dr. Melody Edmonds as the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology McMinnville, both effective Sept. 1.


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Search committee appointed for next president of Dyersburg State Community College
July 16, 2021

The committee will hold its orientation session and public forum Aug. 18


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Volunteer State Community College
July 9, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting July 27 to consider the appointments of the next presidents of Volunteer State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at McMinnville.


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July 9, 2021

Four finalists have been selected for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at McMinnville. All four will participate in campus interviews and public forums on the McMinnville campus July 15, the next step in the presidential search.

The finalists are:


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Nashville State & Southwest Tennessee community colleges earn VETS Campus certification
July 2, 2021

Nashville State Community College and Southwest Tennessee Community College have earned certification as Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campuses, designating their supportive environment and services to help veterans successfully transition from military service to college.


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Tennessee students bring home SkillsUSA medals
July 2, 2021

Career and technical education students from across Tennessee demonstrated excellence and brought home medals and honors at the 2021 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference last week.

The annual SkillsUSA conference and its national championship competitions showcased the nation’s best career and technical education (CTE) students, who competed in 106different trade, technical and leadership events. The 2021 SkillsUSA Championships were held virtually due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.


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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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