Free Tuition Might Save Community Colleges—But What If Students Need More?
Melanie Bavaria, Next City
Community college enrollment has plummeted 9.5 percent because of the pandemic. But Tennessee is offsetting much of that decline, with adult students going back to school in record numbers.
Brooke Clark is one of those learners. After graduating high school in 2013, Clark found herself taking care of her ill father, working full time, and attending a new college without a sense of purpose. She dropped out after the first year. Today, with mentoring and financial support from the Tennessee Reconnect program, Clark is a second-year student at Nashville State Community College and on the Dean's List.