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Columbia State hopes to draw adult students through ‘Reconnect’ sessions in October

The Daily Herald logo The Daily Herald 9/29/2021 Courtesy of Columbia State Community College
a man sitting on a motorcycle: Columbia State Community College student Ameena Khoshnaw practices her AEMT skills. © Submitted: Columbia State Community College Columbia State Community College student Ameena Khoshnaw practices her AEMT skills.

Columbia State Community College will host virtual Tennessee Reconnect information sessions during the month of October.

Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship that provides free tuition for adults to attend a community college. The initiative is designed to help adults enter college to gain new skills, advance in the workplace and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.

“We are thankful to be able to provide the local community with easy access to information about Tennessee Reconnect by hosting virtual information sessions,” said Joni Allison, Columbia State coordinator of Adult Student Services in a press release.

“Tennessee Reconnect provides a wonderful opportunity for eligible adults to retool their skills and attend Columbia State tuition-free."

When will the sessions be held?

Columbia State will host the virtual sessions from October 4 through October 30.

The online sessions will be held

  • October 4, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • October 9, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • October 11, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • October 14, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • October 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • October 21, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • October 23, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • October 25, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • October 28, 2 – 3 p.m
  • October 30, 10 – 11 a.m.

Are you eligible? 

To be eligible for Tennessee Reconnect, students must have not previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree and must have been a Tennessee resident for at least one year.

Candidates must also complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid and be determined as an independent student, be admitted to Columbia State and enroll in a degree or certificate program.

They must attend at least part-time, earning 6 credit hours per semester.

To view the full list of steps to apply, or to sign up for an information session, visit

About Columbia State 

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 100,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Columbia State is a comprehensive community college serving southern Middle Tennessee dedicated to nurturing success and positively changing lives through teaching, learning and service. Established in 1966 as Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State has grown to five campuses including Columbia, Williamson, Lawrence, Lewisburg and Clifton. The college was recognized as a finalist in the 2018 Awards of Excellence for Advancing Diversity, Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership and Student Success by the American Association of Community Colleges. Columbia State was also named one of the Top 150 U.S. community colleges by the Aspen Institute for 2017 and 2019.

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