• Middle-skill jobs account for 58% of Tennessee’s labor market.
  • Since 2010, there has been a 33% increase in advanced manufacturing jobs in Tennessee, including more than 45,000 new jobs added.
  • Immediate jobs are available requiring only a two-year degree or certificate and no student loan debt.


Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institutions offering an associate’s degree program.

While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. This is accomplished primarily via mandatory meetings that students must attend in order to remain eligible for the program. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.

School Partners

Your Skills. Your Future. has a team of local educators who are able to answer your questions and provide insight into each training program
TN College of Applied Technology – Athens

A Tennessee Board of Regents College of Applied Technology.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Athens is a modern training facility designed to simulate the occupational environment found in potential places of employment.  The controlling purpose of the training offered is to prepare individuals for useful and gainful occupations, thereby enhancing their potential for employment.

Equipment and course content are regularly updated to provide educational experiences necessary for an era of rapid technological change.

For more information, contact:
Grayson Black
TN College of Applied Technology-Athens (at)
423-744-2814 Ext. 226

Cleveland State Community College

Cleveland State Community College provides accessible, responsive, and quality educational opportunities primarily for residents of southeastern Tennessee. The college delivers developmental education, university transfer programming, workforce training and continuing education activities. By engaging a diverse student body in the learning process, the college aspires to promote success, enhance quality of life and encourage civic involvement. The college strives to be a responsible partner in lifelong learning for the individual and in the economic development of the region.

For more information, contact:
Tim Wilson
Cleveland State Community College
twilson03 (at)

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