Dec 31st, 1969

Jackson State Community College along with TCAT-Jackson will host the CMT Empowering Education Tour on its main campus in Ayers Auditorium at 6 p.m. on April 4. The focus for the event will be placed on bringing non-traditional students back to continue their education through the Tennessee Reconnect program. Current and former students will be featured at the event along with the opportunities available for prospective students.

Country Music Television (CMT), in an effort to increase the number of work-ready residents in the state, has joined forces with TBR - The College System of Tennessee, for a free multi-city concert tour targeting rural areas of the state. The goal of the tour is to encourage Tennesseans to pursue higher education. The tour will begin on April 3 and travel to four Community Colleges across the state.

The partnership was announced last fall at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Presidents' Meeting in Nashville and aims to encourage more Tennesseans to attend college - whether to earn an academic degree or a technical or occupational degree or certificate - paving their way to successful careers that will benefit themselves and their families. CMT's "Empowering Education" initiative offers four community colleges across the state the opportunity to receive additional support at a local level, including a free concert at each stop featuring CMT's Next Women of Country, Courtney Cole.

"As someone who graduated from college in Tennessee, I am thrilled to be working with CMT and TBR to spread the message of the potential education has to change your life," said Cole. "I can't wait to tour the state, put on a really fun show, and encourage people to follow their dreams."



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