September 5, 2018

Complete Tennessee To Host College Completion Communities Summit in Nashville

September 26 event will feature expert panel discussion on community-led postsecondary completion strategies

NASHVILLE, TN - Nonprofit postsecondary advocacy organization Complete Tennessee will host an event in Nashville on Wednesday, September 26 to review the progress of the organization’s “College Completion Communities” pilot program, which challenged five Tennessee communities to develop targeted plans to improve local college attainment.

The College Completion Communities Summit will take place at Nashville State Community College and feature presentations from the leaders of each pilot community’s Completion Council, who will explain the strategies they plan to employ to raise postsecondary outcomes in their specific region.

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora Tydings and Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause.

Additional information about the event will be available on the Complete Tennessee website.

Complete Tennessee Executive Director Dr. Kenyatta Lovett said, “Community engagement and ownership is critical if we are to successfully meet the Drive to 55 goal in 2025. The College Completion Communities initiative presents an opportunity to encourage cross-county collaboration among leaders from multiple sectors – education, business, and government – who will jointly develop thoughtful and meaningful policies and programs that can have a measurable impact on student success. We look forward to hosting the Completion Councils in Nashville to share their plans to help raise postsecondary outcomes, and we are excited that state education leaders will provide feedback on the Completion Plans of Action during the event.”

Announced in June, the College Completion Communities pilot is designed to encourage stakeholders to develop focused strategies to address local attainment challenges and help more students access and complete postsecondary programs.

The five communities that are participating in the College Completion Communities pilot are:

  • West Tennessee: Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties
  • West Tennessee: Lauderdale and Tipton counties
  • Middle Tennessee: Humphreys and Perry counties
  • East Tennessee: Meigs and Bradley counties
  • East Tennessee: HamblenGreene and Washington counties

Each of the five communities has convened a group of advisors, known as a “Completion Council,” tasked with building a three-year Completion Plan of Action that can help address the greatest challenges to postsecondary achievement in their region. The Completion Councils include educators, chamber of commerce members, business and community leaders, and elected officials.

For more information on the College Completion Communities initiative, visit Complete Tennessee’s website at

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