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Tuition Deferment Program partnership announced by APSU, National Guard

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On Monday, June 17th, 2019, Austin Peay State University (APSU) and the Tennessee Army National Guard announced they’re partnering on a special tuition deferment program for Guard members.

Lt. Col. John Rigdon, commander for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Tennessee Army National Guard, greets retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, vice president for External Affairs at Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

Lt. Col. John Rigdon, commander for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Tennessee Army National Guard, greets retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, vice president for External Affairs at Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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Former Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Representative Mark Green, State Representative Jason Hodges to deliver APSU Commencement Addresses this May

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – This May, three prominent Tennessee public servants will visit Austin Peay State University (APSU) to serve as commencement speakers for the University’s three commencement ceremonies.

Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Representative Mark Green and State Representative Jason Hodges will be on campus May 3th and 4th, 2019 as Austin Peay State University, the state’s fastest-growing public University, expands its graduation celebration to two days.

(L to R) Former Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Representative Mark Green and State Representative Jason Hodges to speak at APSU Commencement Ceremonies.

(L to R) Former Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Representative Mark Green and State Representative Jason Hodges to speak at APSU Commencement Ceremonies.

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Tennessee Higher Education Commission Awards Veterans Reconnect Grant to Austin Peay State University

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Earlier this fall, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) awarded Austin Peay State University (APSU) with a Veterans Reconnect Grant to support a new Military Pathway Pilot Project designed to help military and veteran students transition quickly and easily into college or new career fields.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey and retired Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower joined APSU's senior leadership team.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey and retired Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower joined APSU’s senior leadership team.

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Austin Peay State University College of Graduate Studies sees record enrollment for fall

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Thomas Thornton knew he was pushing it. Classes were set to begin the next week at Austin Peay State University, so if he wanted to enroll in graduate school, he needed to do it that afternoon.

“I just knew I was being a slacker and hadn’t signed up yet,” Thornton, a Clarksville High School science teacher, said.

 Austin Peay graduate students stand during commencement after receiving their graduate hoods. (Kim Balevre, APSU)

Austin Peay graduate students stand during commencement after receiving their graduate hoods. (Kim Balevre, APSU)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Candice McQueen Launch Tennessee Pathways

 

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New Drive to 55 Initiative will equip more high school students to transition into high-skilled jobs and postsecondary opportunities in Tennessee after graduation

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen today have unveiled Tennessee Pathways as a part of the Drive to 55, the governor’s initiative to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials to 55 percent by the year 2025.

Tennessee Pathways lays the foundation for the Drive to 55 by focusing on students in elementary, middle, and high school to further align K-12 education to opportunities after high school graduation – including industry needs and postsecondary expectations – so students gain the knowledge and experience to move seamlessly into college and the workforce.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee’s Education Innovation Recognized with Two Prestigious National Awards

 

The Education Commission of the States Recognizes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the SAILS Program

Tennessee State GovernmentWashington, D.C. –  Tennessee was honored this week with two national awards for education innovation from the Education Commission of the States at its annual National Forum on Education Policy in Washington, D.C.

The 2018 James Bryant Conant Award was formally presented to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Friday, June 29th. The 2018 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation was awarded to Tennessee for the Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program, which helps high school students become college-ready in math and avoid remediation.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee General Assembly Passes 2018-2019 Budget

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House passed several key bills this week, including the state budget and major legislation to curb opioid abuse, as the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close.  The $37.5 billion “no growth” budget proposes state government spending for the next fiscal year that begins July 1st, 2018 and extends to June 30, 2019.

The balanced budget addresses opioid abuse, school safety, teacher funding, rural economic development and job growth, while allocating additional funds for the care of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens.  The bill focuses on the four “e’s” of Tennessee:  employment, education, economic opportunity and enforcement of the law.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Stolen Valor Act Passes in General Assembly

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Wednesday morning, House members unanimously passed a measure to strengthen identity protections for our military veterans.

House Bill 2130, also known as the Tennessee Stolen Valor Act, is designed to safeguard the identities of Tennessee veterans who serve the state and nation by cracking down on instances of theft and fraud involving those who attempt to imitate them.

The measure creates a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $2,500, for anyone who impersonates a veteran or individuals who fraudulently represent their service with the intent of obtaining money, property, services, or any other tangible benefits.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, April 8th, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Thursday, April 5th, was a great day for Austin Peay State University as the Animal Science Facility was named for Brock Blick, an 11-year old boy who died tragically in a hunting accident 18 months ago. 

Because Brock had a real love for cows and farming,  the family decided to honor their son and his memory by establishing the Brock Blick Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture at Austin Peay State University. 

The Building was named in Brock’s honor.

Austin Peay State University dedicates Brock Blink Animal Science Facility.

Austin Peay State University dedicates Brock Blink Animal Science Facility.

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, February 18th, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that the application process is open for adults to enroll tuition-free this fall at a community or technical college through Tennessee Reconnect.

Tennessee Reconnect builds off the groundbreaking Tennessee Promise program, which provides high school graduates two years of tuition-free community or technical college, by establishing a last-dollar scholarship for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate free of tuition or mandatory fees.

By 2025, at least half the jobs in our state will require a college degree or certificate. Tennessee will lead in creating highly-skilled jobs if we make sure that Tennesseans are ready for those jobs, and there is no smarter investment than increasing access to high quality education.

CDE Lightband visits the Tennessee Capitol

CDE Lightband visits the Tennessee Capitol

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