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Letter from the City Manager Some may ask why adult education is important. The easy answer is - it helps our local economy grow and develop, but it also comes down to family. Adults who continually learn and further develop their education, ensure that their children flourish with a love of learning, seeing that they take full advantage of educational opportunities. On an individual level, the adult student tends to live a healthy and fulfilled life. Learning in adulthood is usually voluntary. It is a personal choice to attend school in order to improve job skills or grow in a particular field. Adult learners have a lot to juggle; family, friends, work and the need for some personal down time, making it more difficult for continued education. It is absolutely crucial to prioritize not only time, but also the expense of a college education. In the State of Tennessee, there is help with the funding in the form of Tennessee Reconnect. Adults looking to become a nurse, mechanic or day care teacher will now have a chance to get tuition-free training at one of Tennessee's technical colleges thanks to new state funding. The Tennessee Reconnect grant will cover eligible adults' tuition at any of the 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology locations. State lawmakers signed off on the Reconnect grant last year when they approved Tennessee Promise, which allows eligible high school seniors a tuition-free ticket to one of the state's 13 community colleges. Both programs represent key prongs of the Drive to 55, Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to ensure 55 percent of Tennesseans have a college education by 2025. Please take some time to look through the information and the links supplied. Find your way to being a part of not only something great in Tennessee, but in your own home, within your own family. __________________________ William L. Sorah, City Manager

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