Gov. Haslam signs 'Tennessee Promise' bill at Fulton High School

Gov. Haslam signs 'Tennessee Promise' bill at Fulton High School

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Gov. Bill Haslam was in Knoxville Thursday for a ceremonial signing of the "Tennessee Promise" bill at Fulton High School. Gov. Bill Haslam was in Knoxville Thursday for a ceremonial signing of the "Tennessee Promise" bill at Fulton High School.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam was in Knoxville Thursday for a ceremonial signing of the "Tennessee Promise" bill at Fulton High School.

The bill commits to providing two years of community college or a college of applied technology free of tuition and fees to graduating seniors on a continuing basis.

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“This is a bold promise,” Haslam said. “It is a promise that speaks volumes to current and prospective employers, and it is a promise that will make a real difference for generations of Tennesseans.”

Students must graduate from high school, agree to work with a mentor, complete eight hours of community service, and maintain a 2.0 GPA during their two years at a community college or TCAT.

After graduating from community college, students can use the state's Transfer Pathways program to start a four-year school as a junior, effectively cutting the cost of a four-year degree in half.

The Tennessee Promise, part of Haslam's "Drive to 55" initiative aimed at increasing the number of Tennesseans with a certificate or degree beyond high school, is not funded by taxpayer dollars. Excess lottery reserve funds are being used to create an endowment to strategically redirect existing resources and to keep the program sustainable over time. 
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