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Adult Learners Fuel Tennessee's "Drive to 55"


by Joey Leonard — February 07, 2014

Every state wants to boast the nation’s most prepared workforce. This distinction draws new business and industry to that state, resulting in economic prosperity. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has set a goal of providing a 55% post-secondary credentialed workforce by 2025 in order to keep the business and industry currently located in the state. Tennessee’s key resource to accomplish the goal is its adult learner. The state has nearly one million adults with some college but no degree. Tennessee must find new and innovative ways to capture this wealth of opportunity for the state’s prosperity and future growth. The author discusses the current plan and proposes five key factors to engage the adult learner.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 07, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17411, Date Accessed: 9/1/2014 5:00:51 PM

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