Tennessee Colleges Struggle to Meet Demand of Reconnect Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Class is back in session at community colleges around the state, but officials say thousands couldn’t attend Monday. The Tennessee Reconnect program received so many applicants that many were turned away from the free tuition program.

“I’ve been talking about going back to school for years,” said Kim Bare, a TN Reconnect student.

By day, Bare is a legal assistant. By night, she’s an online student at Volunteer State Community College, thanks to the Tennessee Reconnect program. After more than 30 years, she’s finally going to college to fulfill her dream of one day becoming a lawyer.

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