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.

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:

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.  

January 15, 2021

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a Strategic Plan Workshop with TBR staff on Jan. 22, 2021, in which board members can discuss the current mid-cycle review of the 2015-25 Strategic Plan for the College System of Tennessee.


The virtual workshop will convene online at 9 a.m. CT, Friday, Jan. 22, and is expected to end by 10:30 a.m. The session is public, and anyone interested in observing may contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at or 615-366-3927 for log-in information.


FAFSA deadline for TN Promise & TN Student Assistance Award extended to March 1 this year
January 11, 2021

High school seniors and college students applying for the Tennessee Promise scholarship and Tennessee Student Assistance Award programs, take heart: you have an extra month – to March 1, 2021 – to file your FAFSA application this year.

Due to conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission/Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation extended the Tennessee Promise FAFSA deadline and the priority FAFSA deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award from Feb. 1 to March 1 of this year.

2020 Food Drive Challenge collects nearly 76,000 food items
December 17, 2020

Students, faculty and staff at Tennessee’s community and technical colleges collected nearly 76,000 food items, including almost $28,000 in cash donations, for food pantries on their campuses and food banks and other organizations in their communities during the College System of Tennessee’s 22nd Annual Food Drive Challenge.

Tennessee Board of Regents quarterly meeting
December 10, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents approved criteria for the next president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at McKenzie and Paris during its quarterly meeting today.

December 3, 2020

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its next regular quarterly meeting Dec. 10. The agenda includes action on criteria for the next president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at McKenzie and Paris, new programs at Colleges of Applied Technology, and several informational reports.

The Board of Regents governs the College System of Tennessee, comprised of the state's 13 Community Colleges and 27 Colleges of Applied Technology.  

Raven Ferrell
December 2, 2020 Jackson State Community College

When Raven Ferrell logged onto her first virtual college course at Jackson State Community College last August, she achieved a major goal in her life.

"I've always had dreams and goals in my life," said the 28-year-old mother. "I always wanted to go to college."

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.”

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.