Haslam makes stop in Greeneville to tout education initiative

Haslam makes stop in Greeneville to tout education initiative

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Gov. Haslam said he hopes the plan will entice more Tennesseans to continue their education, creating a more prepared workforce. Gov. Haslam said he hopes the plan will entice more Tennesseans to continue their education, creating a more prepared workforce.

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - Governor Bill Haslam made a stop in Greene County Tuesday to tout his initiative to give students two free years of community or technical college education.

The plan, called "Tennessee Promise" was announced during the State of the State address on Monday evening.

Haslam is proposing paying for the plan by setting aside $300 million from the Tennessee Education Lottery reserves to fund an endowment that would cover all tuition and fees.

Haslam said he hopes the plan will entice more Tennesseans to continue their education, creating a more prepared workforce.

The plan is the main component Haslam's "Drive for 55" initiative.

That initiative is an effort to raise the percentage of Tennesseans with a college degree or advanced certificate from 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025.

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