Working while going to school is hard, so the Chamber partnered with TN College Access & Success Network to launch Nashville Flex, a Kresge-funded program supporting part-time students at Nashville State.
Shane, a Nashville Flex student, recommends the program because “there’s a support system in place for any possible thing that can come up.” She didn’t think she would go back to school after high school, but Nashville Flex made that possible. “It really, really does give you this sense of comfort and this level of ‘things are going to be okay.’”
1. With the support of statewide coalition TN BLU-SkillSPAN, the state legislature passed the Workforce Expansion law allowing legal immigrants to obtain professional and commercial licenses, impacting more than 10,000 people in Tennessee.
2. Clean Slate, supported by The Memorial Foundation, reengages Nashville State students with a past-due balance to move them to completion; state law does not allow forgiveness by the school. In May 2022, the first Clean Slate recipient graduated.
3. TISA is the newly-passed student-based public education funding formula. The Chamber supported this formula that provides additional, predictable funding, while encouraging solutions to address the cost of education in counties with a higher cost of living.