NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the fourth time Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam addressed the state in State of the State address before the General Assembly.
This time he announced a plan to give graduating high school students two years of community college or a college of applied technology for free.
The Tennessee Promise is part of Haslam's "Drive to 55" initiative. The governor wants to increase the number of Tennesseans with a certificate or degree beyond high school. Haslam says in 11 years, 55% of Tennesseans will need a certificate or degree to get a job. Today only 32% of Tennesseans have that.
After graduating from a community college, if students choose to attend a four-year school, the state's Transfer Pathways Programs makes it possible for those students to start as a junior.
Haslam is proposing to transfer lottery reserve funds to create an endowment for the Tennessee Promise.