February 10, 2015
“Higher standards essential for high school students”
The Tennessean

“Last year, Gov. Bill Haslam made a significant investment in the future of Tennesseans when he signed the Tennessee Promise program into law.

This program, which offers future graduates of any Tennessee high school the opportunity to receive two years of community or technical college tuition-free, will surely open doors for thousands of young men and women to get the training they need to start their careers and find good-paying jobs.

Already, more than 58,000 current high school seniors – more than 90 percent – applied for the program, reflecting the intense desire and interest that exists in pursuing some form of training or education after high school. And they are smart to do so. Forecasts have shown that such training will be needed for these students to succeed in a world where nearly 54 percent of the available jobs will require some form of higher education or training…”

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