Motlow State focused on veterans and active military families

Motlow College reminds Moore County veterans and active duty military that they offer tuition free options to develop a career after the military. (File Photo)

EDUCATION — For many vets and active military, the what’s next question looms as they return home to normal routines and familiar places. On Veterans’ Day, Motlow State reminds local military families that they are here to help transition by offering opportunities to earn certificates and associate degrees with full veteran benefits.

High-wage, high-demand fields like Entrepreneurship, Robotics, Supply Chain Management, and Cyber Defense are extremely popular with veterans and the military. Each is designed to place graduates into the workforce after two years of instruction. Certificate programs such as Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Early Childhood Education can be earned in less time than a traditional college degree and prepare graduates for the workforce.

Tennessee Reconnect is very popular, providing tuition-free college for adults 25 and older without college degrees. Motlow’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs assists veterans, active military, and eligible disabled veterans and their dependents in requesting educational assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, contact Motlow’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs at 931-393-1529 or email veteranservices@mscc.edu. •

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State Report: Tennessee Promise works but needs improvement

Two years ago, Tennessee set an ambitious goal. Through the Drive to 55 Alliance, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect set a mission to get 55 percent of Tennessean equipped with a college degree of certification by the year 2025.

Many Moore County High School students use the Tennessee Promise program to attend Motlow State and area technical schools. {Photo Provided}

A recent Tennessee Comptroller report shows that Tennessee Promise works but needs improvement if Tennessee’s going to reach that goal.

The Tennessee General Assembly created Tennessee Promise in 2014 in order to encourage more high school graduates to earn an associates degree or technical diploma. Tennessee Promise scholarships offer two years of tuition-free attendance at area community colleges or technical schools including Motlow College in Moore County.

It’s sister program, Tennessee Reconnect, helps more adult learners attend community college and technical schools to earn a certification or postsecondary degree tuition-free.

TN Promise led to more college-going citizens

According to the report, more high graduates attend college as a result of Tennessee Promise. Tennessee’s college-going rate increased from 58.4 percent to 64.3 percent in the first year of the program. It also states that those students are accumulating more college credits, staying enrolled longer, and earning postsecondary credential at a higher rate than other high school graduates.

The report recommends increasing Tennessee Promise participation rates among students from certain subgroups and areas of the state who do not historically attend college including applicants with low ACT scores, minority applicants, and those from lower income households.

It also states that the program requirements most often missed by Tennessee Promise applicants were mandatory meetings and the community service requirement.

They identified several barriers to success such as the full-time enrollment requirement in the summer term and costs not covered by the
Promise program. Adjustments to those elements of the program, among
others, would likely allow more students to remain Promise-eligible and
enrolled in college, the report says.

It also states that first-seminars that teach the skills necessary for college success and hiring completion coaches are best practices that have been helpful at some community colleges.

The report offers solution for the General Assembly, mentor organizations, colleges, and technical schools. To read the full report, click here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}