Free higher education in Davidson County
This is part, I'm sure, of the Governor's Drive to 55, his initiative to get 55 percent of Tennesseans college-educated by 2025. So why not cover the whole state? It might be a fine time to work for a community college or college of applied technology in Tennessee. From The Tennessean.
Starting next fall, new high school graduates in Davidson County can learn to weld, work on a car or manage collision repair — without paying a penny in tuition — and make impressive salaries within a year of finishing high school.
“After an eight-week truck driving program, for example, program graduates can be earning upwards of $35,000,” said Mark Lenze, director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology on White Bridge Road.
Or, new high school graduates can attend neighboring Nashville State Community College for a two-year associate’s degree, tuition-free.
Both West Nashville schools are preparing for an influx of Davidson County students next fall after this month’s launch of the nashvilleAchieves scholarship program, which will make community or technical college education available with no tuition cost to any public high school graduating senior in Davidson County.
A public-private partnership spearheaded by Gov. Bill Haslam and Mayor Karl Dean, nashvilleAchieves is an extension of the tnAchieves program, established in 2008 by Randy Boyd, special adviser to Haslam on higher education. TnAchieves has given 34,000 high school students in 26 counties the opportunity to attend community or technical college at no cost .