Thursday, July 2, 2009

Alexander Calls Sumner County a Model for Higher Education

This news release comes from Senator Lamar Alexander's office:

COMPASS Program Provides Free Community College Tuition to Sumner County Students

“More local governments should follow Sumner County’s example and look at ways to provide free community college to qualified students so we can make sure future generations get the education they deserve.” – Lamar Alexander

Hendersonville, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told a gathering for the Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Sumner Schools (COMPASS) program—which provides scholarships for Sumner County Students to attend Volunteer State Community College—that Sumner County should serve as a model for education programs across Tennessee and the country.

“This program puts Sumner County on the right track in higher education,” said Alexander, a former U.S. secretary of education and president of the University of Tennessee. “If it weren’t for this program, many Sumner County students wouldn’t have the opportunity to go to college. More local governments should follow Sumner County’s example and look at ways to provide free community college to qualified students so we can make sure future generations get the education they deserve.”

In a February address to the American Council on Education, Alexander suggested working with states and local businesses to make community college tuition-free as well as offering a three-year baccalaureate degree to reduce the cost of attending college by one-fourth and the time it takes to graduate by as much as one-third. In April, following the senator’s suggestions, Nashville-based Lipscomb University announced initiatives to provide full scholarships for qualified community-college students and to allow eligible students to obtain their degrees in three years. Lipscomb also announced a third initiative to allow eligible U.S. military veterans to attend Lipscomb tuition-free.
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For information about the COMPASS Educate and Grow program, including specifics of who is eligible and how to apply, please visit:

http://www.sumnercompass.org/documents/Ed&Grow_TNScholarsApp.pdf

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

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