There are four colleges of applied technology and a mechatronics degree-program all within 25 minutes of Gallatin.
"Tennessee Promise Inspires National Trend" - Usa Today Network, February 9, 2017
Gov. Bill Haslam and his advisers like to say that Tennessee Promise changed the conversation parents and children have about going to college.
Three years after he introduced the landmark scholarship program, it's conversations in statehouses around the country that are changing, placing the Volunteer State at the center of a national movement.
In 2014, Tennessee was the only state with a wide-reaching program that offered recent high school graduates the chance to go to community college without paying tuition.
Since then, several states - including Oregon, New York and Rhode Island - have followed that example, adopting or pursuing similar programs of their own.
Experts say Tennessee's role as a trendsetter could help shape higher education policy for years as students move through the pipeline, exposing the strengths and weaknesses of the increasingly popular model. The state's move to expand tuition-free college to adult students, seems certain to keep Tennessee at the forefront of the education debate.