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Haslam believes it's critical for Tennessee to have more college graduates.
Students at Tennessee State University are focused on graduation.
Preston Mitchell knows the value of a college degree.
"I think that will help me get into a nice graduate school, it will look good on my resume when I apply for jobs," says Preston Mitchell.
But the number of Tennesseans who graduate from college is concerning.
"21% of Tennesseans have a degree, compared to 30% nationally," says Governor Bill Haslam.
Governor Haslam is announcing a new focus on improving higher education.
Key leaders gather in Nashville for a meeting to start identifying problems and solutions.
"We need more graduates, at a lower cost per student, who are more ready for the workforce," says Haslam.
Haslam says a key change will involve matching a student's education and training with the needs of employers.
More companies now require a post-secondary degree, and Tennessee isn't generating enough graduates.
"And the fact that the Governor of this state has taken on this big issue is going to go a long way," says THEC Executive Director Rich Rhoda.
Controlling costs will also be an issue. Tuition rates are rising three times faster than the rate of inflation.
Haslam hopes to provide more state money to offset out-of-pocket expenses.
TSU sophomore Preston Mitchell believes the Governor is on the right track, but he knows, in the end, it's his job to complete college.
"But I think the main thing is just stay determined, and stay focused, and you can graduate college," says Mitchell.
Governor Haslam will now have a series of meetings with business and college leaders across the state as he works to develop a reform strategy. It's something he believe Tennessee can't ignore.
Tennessee has already taken steps toward reforming higher education.
Colleges are now being rewarded for the number of students who graduate, as opposed to the number of people who enroll.
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Tuesday, July 10 2012, 08:31 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.