Thursday, September 24, 2009

Inside Politics With State Senator Jim Kyle

Politics is in the air. The candidates for Governor are starting to battle it out for the 2010 election.

Vol State produces a cable television program titled "Inside Politics" and State Senator Jim Kyle (D) Memphis was the guest, with host Nancy Hauskins.

I had the opportunity to interview Senator Kyle after the production. Kyle is passionate about the educational system, and I focused on this particular issue.

Senator Kyle says that education is one of the biggest needs in our state, and this is one of the main reasons he chose education as a platform. He says that there are many benefits of getting a college education from a community college such as Vol State. “Most community colleges have a curriculum that employers have said that they need. For example, the Allied Health program at Vol State is one of those programs,” said Kyle.

He said that he encourages students to continue their education and get a four-year degree if that is what is needed to accomplish their goals. “Many students have obtained gainful employment with a two-year degree. I believe what each student must do is decide where their comfort zone is. For example, if they want to be a Paralegal, then a two-year degree is sufficient. If they want to go to law school, then they would need a four-year degree. There is just as much dignity with a two-year degree from a community college,” Kyle said.

Senator Kyle has plans to reduce administrative costs for educational institutions. He said that he wants to implement a graduation plan. He said, “If you set a plan to graduate in a certain amount of time, we will not raise your tuition each year as long as you graduate. This goal is to create incentives to graduate and keep your commitments.”

The most significant advice Senator Kyle would give to students starting college fresh out of high school would be to recognize that community college is not high school. It is harder. Advice for adults that have been out of the educational system for awhile and decide to go back to college is this, “I would first congratulate adults for coming back. Narrow your focus, and decide what you want to do to accomplish your goals. Use the experience you have learned throughout your life.”

For more information on Senator Kyle and his policies go to http://www.jimkyle2010.com/. There is also a link to follow him on Facebook.

Inside Politics airs in Sumner, Wilson, and Robertson counties. It can be seen in Gallatin on college channel 19 every evening at 6 p.m. and in Hendersonville on Community Access Channel 3 on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

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