- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 10,700 adults have applied for a state grant that would send them to technical college for free.

The Tennessean reports (https://tnne.ws/1IKMMhk) the number of applicants for the Tennessee Reconnect grant has exceeded initial estimates by more than 2,000.

The grant offers eligible adults the chance receive training in nursing, cosmetology, early childcare, manufacturing and other programs from a Tennessee College of Applied Technology. It is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 plan to ensure 55 percent of Tennesseans have a college education by 2025.

It will take a few weeks for colleges to know how many applicants ultimately will enroll in classes.

The state will pay only tuition and fees that aren’t covered by existing grants and scholarships.

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