Oct. 15th Lunchtime Lecture – Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise & tnAchieves

Update: Emily House, the Policy and Research Director with Tennessee Higher Education Commission will be speaking in place of Mike Krause.

TN-ASPA hosts the second lunch time lecture in our Fall series on Education in Tennessee and Nashville. Emily House and Graham Thomas will speak on Tennessee’s higher education initiatives including Tennessee Promise and tnAchieves.

  • Who: Graham Thomas, tnAchieves & Emily House, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Topic: TN Higher Education Initiatives
  • When: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • Where: James K. Polk State Office Building
    16th Floor Video Conferencing Room
    505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN
    (Polk State Offices are in shared building with TPAC-TN Performing Arts Center)


With Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative – the drive to get 55% of Tennesseans equipped with a degree or certificate by 2025 – there are several initiatives that assist Tennesseans with the financial costs of higher education attainment. Under the Drive to 55 initiative, the Tennessee Promise program offers two years of community college or technical school tuition-free through last-dollar scholarships and a mentorship program. As the program begins its second year, Emily House will discuss the program’s impact. tnAchieves is a partnering organization for Tennessee Promise. Graham Thomas will share tnAchieves’ role in Tennessee Promise and the program’s success in supporting more than 10,000 students in a community or technical college since its start in 2008.

Coming Soon – Third Thursday Lecture Series on Education in Tennessee and Nashville:

November 19: Rita McDonald with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce will speak on the Nashville Chamber’s education initiatives for K-12 education | Thursday, November 19, 12noon-1pm | UT Center for Industrial Services,193 Polk Ave, Nashville, TN, Training Room.