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Dr. Carol Puryear and Dr. Jeff Sisk

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.

TBR News

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

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

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

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.

TBR News

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.  

News Title Post date
Board of Regents approves criteria for next president of TCATs McKenzie & Paris; hears several informational reports during December meeting 12/10/2020
Board of Regents quarterly meeting is Dec. 10. Agenda includes criteria for next president of TN Colleges of Applied Technology McKenzie & Paris 12/03/2020
Colleges of Applied Technology sharing new children's book with local libraries & schools 11/25/2020
Tennessee's community & technical colleges ready to help Tennesseans Reconnect to Workforce tuition-free 11/20/2020
Tennessee Board of Regents Committee Chairs & Audit Committee to meet Nov. 17 11/11/2020
Chancellor's Commendation for Military Veterans helps honor veterans at Tennessee’s community & technical colleges 11/10/2020
Grants awarded to faculty teams to create free course materials for students, reducing costs of college attendance 10/21/2020
TN Promise Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to December 1 10/20/2020
TBR Audit Committee to meet Oct. 14 to consider hiring an information systems auditor 10/09/2020
Nearly 500 faculty, staff, students participate in 2020's virtual We All Rise Conference 10/08/2020
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology joining national Achieving the Dream Network focused on success of all students 09/29/2020
Tennessee’s community & technical colleges awarded 22,998 degrees, diplomas in 2019-20 academic year; 15,874 awards at community college awards were a record high 09/23/2020
Board of Regents to meet Sept. 22-23. Agenda includes fall semester enrollments, results of 2019-20 academic year, funding requests for 2021-22 09/17/2020
Tennessee Pathways Dashboard now online to help students, parents, educators locate career pathways 09/09/2020
Board of Regents committee chairs & Audit Committee to meet Sept. 1 08/25/2020
Tennessee’s community colleges launch fall semester with focus on health & safety 08/24/2020
Seven College System leaders named to Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute Class of 2020-21 08/12/2020
Board of Regents to meet in special session Aug. 12 to consider new and revised policies 08/06/2020
No tuition or fee increase for students at Tennessee's community & technical colleges for Academic Year 2020-21: TN Board of Regents 06/18/2020
Dr. Carol Puryear appointed president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro 06/18/2020