It is often said that all good things must come to an end. At Complete Tennessee, we disagree. While the end of April did mark the culmination of the inaugural cohort’s Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA) experience, we are confident the incredible work they are doing to support college completion will continue throughout their careers. We witnessed this commitment throughout CTLA, but even more so at the closing retreat at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Complete Tennessee pushes to increase local ownership of the state’s Drive to 55 goals in order to boost overall postsecondary attainment—and quality of life—in Tennessee. For the fourth session of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA), we exposed participants to initiatives in southeast Tennessee that highlight the power of on-the-ground engagement within one’s community.
Tennessee strives to be a national leader in connecting our postsecondary education opportunities to workforce demands. The third session of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA), held in Nashville in January 2017, examined practices and policies helping drive innovation both in Northern Middle Tennessee and across the state.
Leadership development is critical to our mission at Complete Tennessee. It is important to our efforts to build community advocates and increase local accountability. In order to sustain community support for the state’s completion agenda, the Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA) has begun developing champions of higher education and fostering cross-sector collaboration.