Tennessee community colleges get some extra money

AT&T gives $10,000 to each community college.  Evidently it's now possible to give funds this way because now we have a community college system, thanks to the Complete College Act.  Of course, $10,000 doesn't go as far as it used to since tuition has risen so dramatically.  From Randall Higgins writing in the Chattanooga Timesfreepress.com.

Community colleges get AT&T help
AT&T is contributing $10,000 to each of Tennessee's community colleges to accelerate students' progress toward certificates and degrees.

Chattanooga State and Cleveland State are among the recipients.

"This may prove to be a more attractive way for corporations to contribute. They would rather deal with one person than have 13 community colleges knocking on their door," said Cleveland State President Carl Hite, who was attending the Tennessee Board of Regents' quarterly meeting at Roane State Community College.

The Board of Regents sets policy for the state universities and colleges not in the University of Tennessee system, including community colleges.

"It is our goal to ensure that students are fully prepared to enter the workforce and that they can find good jobs right here in Tennessee when they graduate," AT&T Regional Director Mary Steward Lewis said in a written statement.

The Tennessee General Assembly passed the Complete College Tennessee Act last year, said state Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville. The act makes possible contributions like the one from AT&T, he said.

"These scholarships show what can happen when the private sector works with our institutions of higher learning to help students graduate," Bell said.

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