Governor Haslam Discusses 'Drive To 55' Program

Governor Haslam Discusses 'Drive To 55' Program

CREATED Sep 4, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Governor Bill Haslam is continuing to push an initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with at least a two-year college degree or certificate.

The governor teamed up with two national experts to talk about the "Drive to 55" plan at an event in Nashville on Wednesday.

Currently, 32 percent of Tennesseans have a two-year degree or higher, and Haslam's goal is to raise that number to 55 percent by 2025.

The governor said he hopes the program will better equip Tennesseans in the workforce.

"We have an obligation and a responsibility to provide more access at a lower cost for high quality education. It's an imperative like very few others that we face today," the governor said.

Governor Haslam said he's already beginning to address the issue by giving state colleges and universities new equipment and technology, as well as launching the online-based Western Governors University, and helping students with "last dollar" scholarship programs.

He announced the "Drive to 55" initiative in his State of the State address earlier this year and has been working on it over the past months. 

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