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Tennessee Reconnect Program Provides Adults Funds Needed to Complete Associate Degree

BRISTOL, Tenn., August 25, 2017 – King University is pleased to offer an approved associate degree program for which adult learners may be able to attend through the Tennessee Reconnect program.

Tennessee’s Governor Haslam has challenged the state with a critical mission: the Drive to 55 – the drive to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.

“Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative is an opportunity for Tennesseans to achieve their educational goals. While it is a colossal undertaking, great strides have been made to see this dream become a reality. King is excited to be a part of the Drive to 55 vision,” said Micah Crews, vice president for Enrollment Management. “King is a long-time supporter of the Drive to 55 initiatives. Through the Governor’s initiatives, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee STRONG, and Tennessee Reconnect, King has an opportunity to help fulfill high school seniors, active duty military personnel, and adult learners achieve their dream of a degree.”

The Tennessee Reconnect program focuses on students achieving their post high school certificate or associate degree. Tennessee Reconnect concentrates last-dollar scholarships to adults who have completed high school, yet have not completed an associate or bachelor’s degree program.

“Working adults who are looking to change careers or progress in their current field have a better chance of doing so if they have a degree,” said Crews. “Those interested in completing their associate degree at King University can easily transition to a bachelor’s degree program. A degree will provide the student with additional marketability tools upon completion.”

Degree programs for adult learners are part of King’s Graduate & Professional Studies program and are tailored to reduce the challenges facing the adult learner. Time and access is often a barrier for working adults to finish their degree. By offering classes in a convenient location, one night per week or online, students may complete their degree coursework in as few as 16 months and open the door for professional advancement.

Contact King University’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or for more information or visit


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.