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“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.”

What is Reconnect?

Beginning Fall 2018: The Tennessee Reconnect Act establishes a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend a community college tuition-free. Every Tennessean will have the opportunity to enter or reenter public higher education with no tuition expenses. See details and eligibility requirements.

Contact Us To Get Started

Meet with our enrollment and advisement team at our Adult Learner Information Sessions. The topics will range from admissions to financial aid to available classes. Breakout sessions where attendees can meet one-on-one with Roane State representatives will follow.

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If you can't attend one of those sessions, contact our Roane State Reconnect Counselor:

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

You may also ask for help getting started from one of our area Reconnect Communities. They are local organizations dedicated to supporting every adult in the region who aspires to earn a college degree.

Upper Cumberland Reconnect Community Smoky Mountain Reconnect Community

Why Reconnect at Roane State?

More Resources for Adult Learners

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.”

Student Stories

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

Thomas Chartrand

At age 51 with his new Roane State Community College associate degree in hand, Thomas Chartrand said he has learned a valuable life lesson.

"When anything gets hard in life, you can't give up," the Oak Ridge resident said. "If you give up, you'll never have a chance to reach your goals and dreams."


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