Gov. Haslam sets up $35 million endowment for need-based grants at two-year colleges

Gov. Haslam sets up $35 million endowment for need-based grants at two-year colleges

July 11th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam this morning signed a bill establishing a $35 million endowment to provide need-based grants for students at two-year public community colleges.

"For us to attract and grow Tennessee jobs today and in the future, we have to do a better job of building a skilled workforce, which means removing barriers that stand in the way of Tennesseans furthering their education," Haslam said during a bill-signing ceremony at Chattanooga State Community College.

This bill is part of the governor's "Drive to 55" initiative to boost the number of Tennesseans with at least a two-year college degree or certificate, according to a news release.

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