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Tennessee Reconnect

Tennessee Reconnect

Earning a college degree is worth it, for your career, for your family, for you: Tennessee Reconnect Program

What is Reconnect?

Reconnect is a statewide effort to encourage adults to reconnect with their education by finishing a college degree.

Reconnect at Roane State


“I started Roane State right out of high school and three semesters later I dropped out thinking it wasn’t for me. Later on in life I’ve learned that a degree is extremely important and I decided to return.

The prior learning credit I received was a huge relief to me. It meant that I would not be starting over. It is important to me to show my son that you have to finish what you start, and I'm on my way to my degree.”

How to Get Started

Meet with our enrollment and advisement team and get quick answers about:

Contact us soon to get on your path to a degree

Schedule a Reconnect Session in Harriman or Oak Ridge for October or November

Reconnect Counselor:

Denette Flynn
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4896

Shawn D. Van Horn (left), and son Mason

A married father of three, Shawn D. Van Horn of Harriman returned to school at Roane State at age 42 to improve his career opportunities. He finished his associate degree from Roane State, a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech, and plans to pursue a graduate degree.

“Roane State provides its students with excellent educators. They have high expectations for their students but are willing to provide assistance to those in need. I began classes expecting the worst and was surprised to find I could do what was asked of me. My fears and anxieties were quickly replaced with a love and appreciation for education. With the help of caring instructors and fellow classmates, I not only passed my classes but excelled at them.”

Articles written by Shawn

President Chris Whaley

“I have tremendous respect for our adult students. They work, go to school, and juggle so many responsibilities. They amaze me. As you consider coming back to school, please know that you are not alone. Many students at Roane State are your age. And, please know that we are behind you. Our faculty know how tough it is to work, go to school and raise a family, and they will support you every step of the way.”

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