The Upper Cumberland Tennessee Reconnect Community will hold a kick-off event to promote adult learner resources and services March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Warren County High School.
The launch event, one of several scheduled throughout the Upper Cumberland, will provide adults interested in returning to college the opportunity to interact with advisors and higher education representatives, attend short seminars centered on workforce and college preparation, and learn the steps in the re-enrollment process.
“We are here to help adults interested in returning to finish college or adults ready to turbocharge their career by changing their college focus to take advantage of this one-stop-shop opportunity,” said Cindy Taylor, UCTRC director.
The launch will bring together higher education representatives from all over the region: Motlow State Community College, Tennessee Tech, and Tennessee Centers of Applied Technology.
The Upper Cumberland Tennessee Reconnect Community was established through a statewide initiative to create a network of advisors for adult learners who are interested in completing a postsecondary education credential. It’s geared toward adult learners 25 to 64 years old to provide a personalized path to and through college. Connections to local employers and higher education institutions will be included.
“The Upper Cumberland Tennessee Reconnect Community will play a significant role in bolstering our workforce by helping adults in our community overcome obstacles and better themselves by completing a degree or credential,” said Warren County Executive Herschel Wells. “Increasing the education level is the start to reducing poverty and unemployment and increasing our quality of life.”
The Tennessee Reconnect initiative is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 plans to ensure 55 percent of Tennesseans are equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025, in order to meet job market demands.