Push to get more Tennesseans with higher education moves forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The state’s plan to get more Tennesseans to complete higher education is moving forward.

It’s called Drive to 55 and the goal of this program is to have 55 percent of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam announced since the launch of the program the state has made tremendous progress, becoming No. 1 in the nation for federal student aid completion.

“This year Tennessee led in sheer numbers in the number of FASFA completion, the best indication that we have interest in college enrollment,” Haslam said.

“That means more students in Tennessee filled out the FASFA form then in Texas, California, New York, Ohio and in Florida in those states that have more students than we do,” the governor continued.

The governor also says by 2025, 55 percent of the jobs available in Tennessee will require a postsecondary credential, and currently only 33 percent of Tennesseans qualify.

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