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Eve Miclaus, ATD DREAM Scholar
February 17, 2023

Eve Miclaus, a student at Roane State Community College, is one of only eight students from across the U.S. selected as a 2023 DREAM Scholar by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit network of 300 colleges across the nation dedicated to advancing community colleges as hubs of equity and mobility in their communities.


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Achieving the Dream names Chattanooga State a Leader College of Distinction
February 17, 2023

Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing community colleges as hubs of equity and mobility in their communities, has designated Chattanooga State Community College as a Leader College of Distinction for 2023, one of ATD's top nationwide honors.


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Female student learning new skills in advanced manufacturing lab at Tennessee's community college
February 13, 2023

Tennessee community and technical colleges are not only the college of choice for students seeking short-term training for high-wage careers but are a driving force for businesses choosing to relocate or expand their operations in Tennessee. Strategic partnerships between TBR – The College System of Tennessee and local businesses have laid the foundation for a workforce pipeline that eliminates concern in finding qualified and highly skilled labor – an enticing incentive at a time when nationwide labor shortages are still high. 


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Students Working
February 1, 2023

Tennessee’s community and technical colleges reported a 10% increase workforce and continuing education 


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Dr. Jeff Sisk is new executive director of TBR Center for Workforce Development
January 31, 2023

Dr. Jeff Sisk, who for nearly three decades has focused on helping students learn the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace, is the newly appointed executive director of the College System of Tennessee’s Center for Workforce Development.


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James Lombard at Graduation
January 24, 2023

A Navy veteran searching for a college that would be a good fit found that Pellissippi State Community College was a perfect choice.


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Roane State Community College's food pantry
December 20, 2022

Thanks to the generosity of our campus communities, food insecurity is less of a barrier to attendance for students in need and hunger is less prevalent in our broader communities.

Students, faculty and staff at Tennessee’s public community and technical colleges collected and donated the equivalent of 148,578 food items in the College System of Tennessee’s Annual Food Drive Challenge for 2022. The food and cash donations go to campus food pantries and local organizations, programs and food banks in their communities.


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Patrick Wade, Susan Hatto
December 1, 2022

During its quarterly meeting today, the Tennessee Board of Regents appointed Susan L. Hatto as the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Athens and Patrick Wade as the next president of TCAT Murfreesboro.

Chancellor Flora W. Tydings recommended both candidates to the board after reviewing input from the two college communities following campus forums last month, and then further interviewing the finalists. Both were among separate sets of finalists selected by search committees at their respective colleges.


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Regina Watkins appointed Director of Veteran Enrollment & Benefits
November 30, 2022

Regina Watkins has been appointed director of veteran enrollment and benefits at TBR – The College System of Tennessee. In this new role, Watkins will work directly with the System’s 13 community colleges and 24 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology across the state to support their School Certifying Officers (SCOs) in administering veteran education benefits. 


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Tennessee Board of Regents to meet Oct. 31 to consider criteria for next president of TCAT Memphis
November 23, 2022

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) will hold its next quarterly meeting Dec. 1. The agenda includes consideration of the chancellor’s recommendations for the next presidents of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) at Athens and Murfreesboro, proposed new career and technical education programs, financial reporting, and an update on construction of the new TCAT campus at Ford’s Blue Oval City project.


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Four Tennessee community colleges are Reimagining the Community College Experience
November 18, 2022

Four Tennessee community colleges are in the process of implementing self-designed pilot plans for Reimagining the Community College Experience – a Tennessee Board of Regents initiative to improve student success through more extensive career exploration, career advising and a workforce-focused certificate in a student’s first semester.


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College System of Tennessee kicks off 24th Annual Food Drive Challenge
November 14, 2022

Tennessee’s community and technical colleges have kicked off their 24th Annual Food Drive Challenge, with campuses competing to collect the most food items and cash donations to help stock student food pantries on their campuses and food banks in their communities.

The colleges, comprising the College System of Tennessee, collected 132,701 items, including cash, in last year’s Challenge. Over the years, more than 1,490,700 food items and funds converted to items have been collected.


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All 13 Tennessee community colleges are certified VETS Campuses
November 10, 2022

As Tennessee’s community and technical colleges honor veterans in their campus communities this week, they’re also celebrating the news that all 13 community colleges are now certified as VETS Campuses, a state program that recognizes their commitment to services that help veterans succeed as they pursue their education.


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Tennessee Board of Regents to meet Oct. 31 to consider criteria for next president of TCAT Memphis
November 9, 2022

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ committee chairs will meet Nov. 15, 2022, to receive informational reports and preview items on the draft agenda for the full board’s next quarterly meeting on Dec. 1. The board’s Personnel and Compensation Committee and Audit Committee will conduct business meetings following the committee chairs.

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


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Chancellor's Commendation for Military Veterans
November 9, 2022

Tennessee’s community and technical colleges are honoring veterans on their campuses – students, faculty, staff and alumni – in Veterans Day activities this week. One veteran at each college will be awarded the Chancellor’s Commendation for Military Veterans, a special recognition launched three years ago by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings.


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College System of Tennessee releases second podcast in series
November 7, 2022

TBR - The College System of Tennessee has released a second podcast focused on how higher education leaders build and cultivate creativity within their teams during times of disruption. The three-part series this fall is led by Dr. Heidi Leming, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) vice chancellor for student success, with conversation based on a book she selects and discusses with industry experts and higher education leaders.


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Tennessee Board of Regents to meet Oct. 31 to consider criteria for next president of TCAT Memphis
October 24, 2022

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting Monday, Oct. 31, to consider the criteria for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis.


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Two finalists selected for next president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens
October 24, 2022

NASHVILLE – Two finalists have been selected for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens, and a public forum on the campus with both candidates is set for Nov. 17.

The finalists are:


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Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro
October 21, 2022

Three finalists have been selected for the next president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro, and a public forum with the candidates is set for Nov. 10 at the main campus in Murfreesboro.

The finalists are:


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We All Rise - Stories That Elevate
October 20, 2022

More than 325 faculty, administrators, students and staff from across Tennessee public higher education participated in the 2022 We All Rise, The Biennial Conference on Equity and Completion, Oct. 19-20 with the overriding goal of increasing student success and completion rates.


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