Reimagining the Community College Experience

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

Jackson State, Pellissippi State, Southwest Tennessee, and Walters State community colleges were selected to launch three-year pilots carrying out the initiative’s goals. During the 2022-2023 academic year, the four pilot colleges are refining details and planning for the implementation of their pilots before rolling them out to students in the Fall 2023 semester. TBR is awarding the colleges a total of $2.2 million in grants to help implement their plans.

About the College Projects

  • Pellissippi State's Reimagining (YouTube video)
  • Reimagining the Community College: A Panel Discussion (YouTube video)
  • Presentation at the Southwest Tennessee Community College Summer Institute (YouTube video)


Project Timeline

  • September 2022: Project Announcements at the September Quarterly Meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents
  • October 2022 - January 2023: Project Workshops with Pilot Colleges to Reimagine the Community College Experience
  • January 26, 2023: Presentation of Project Workplans by the Pilot Colleges
  • Summer 2023 - Fall 2023: Projects Begin at Pilot Colleges