BlueCross BlueShield Of Tennessee Foundation To Endow WGU Tennessee Scholarship

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Trust (BlueCross) will endow $10,000 in scholarship funds to WGU Tennessee, the state-endorsed, nonprofit online university launched last summer as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative, officials announced on Tuesday.

“There’s a gap in the health care industry when it comes to medical analytics and nursing analytics professions in Tennessee,” said Karen Ward, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and WGU Tennessee advisory board member. “We see this scholarship as a way to fill that gap.”

WGU Tennessee will match the donation, creating $2,000 scholarships for 10 new students, beginning immediately.

“We’re grateful for the support of business leaders like BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee,” said Kimberly K. Estep, chancellor of WGU Tennessee. “Increasing the higher-educational opportunities available to adult students is vital to the development of a strong, skills-ready Tennessee workforce, which is what these scholarships are all about. This generous donation by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will pay dividends to our state’s economic future.”

Since WGU Tennessee officially launched 11 months ago, enrollment has risen to more than 1,100 students – an increase of more than 30 percent. Established to meet the needs of working adults who wish to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree and advance their careers, WGU Tennessee was created through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University. WGU Tennessee is ideal for busy adults with family and job responsibilities. This month the university recognized nearly 150 graduates at its inaugural commencement in Nashville.

WGU Tennessee enrolls students into its competency-based programs each month. Tuition is $3,000 for a six-month term, during which students can complete an unlimited number of competencies. Earlier this month, WGU announced that tuition would remain at $3,000 per term for the seventh year in a row. Those interested in learning more can visit tennessee.wgu.edu.


CSCC Employees Attend Tennessee Campus Civic Summit

Third Student From Signal Mountain Aces The ACT

Ceremony Breaks Ground For New Middle School In East Hamilton


Three Cleveland State employees Sherry Holloway, director of Service-Learning, Dr. Barsha Pickell, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Michele Wollert, coordinator of Academic Advising ... (click for more)

Caroline Cornett, a junior at Signal Mountain Middle/High, is the third student from Signal Mountain to achieve the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam in ... (click for more)

The East Hamilton community held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Hamilton Middle School on Wednesday to signal the start of the exciting project for families in the community. The ... (click for more)


Student Scene

CSCC Employees Attend Tennessee Campus Civic Summit

Three Cleveland State employees Sherry Holloway, director of Service-Learning, Dr. Barsha Pickell, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Michele Wollert, coordinator of Academic Advising and Transfer Articulation, and one student, Cassiopeia Blackburn, attended the Tennessee Campus Civic Summit at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. One of two community college ... (click for more)

Third Student From Signal Mountain Aces The ACT

Caroline Cornett, a junior at Signal Mountain Middle/High, is the third student from Signal Mountain to achieve the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam in the past year. She is the sixth student in the history of the school to achieve the score putting her in the Top 1 percent of all students who take the ACT. Ms. Cornett joins seniors Jack Poss, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

TDOT Plans To Add 1 Lane In Each Direction To I-24 From Georgia State Line To US 27; New Section Of Apison Pike To Be Widened

The state plans to add one lane in each direction to a seven-mile section of Interstate 24, which is one of the most congested freeways in the country. The purchase of right of way for the project is included in TDOT’s annual three year transportation program. Right of way is listed for 2022 in a section between the Georgia state line and Brown's Ferry Road and another ... (click for more)

Man, 50, Shot In Road Rage Incident On Bailey Avenue; Christopher Bell, 29, Wanted For Attempted Criminal Homicide

A man, 50, was shot on Bailey Avenue on Thursday afternoon, and Christopher Bell, 29, is wanted for criminal attempted homicide. At approximately 3:20 p.m. Chattanooga Police were dispatched to a person shot call at 1050 Bailey Ave. Upon arrival, officers located a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man stated to police that he and the suspect were involved in a vehicle ... (click for more)

Opinion

Save The Wildlife, Mr. Berke

Why in the world would there be any question regarding the wildlife at East Lake park, and the humane relocation of same? Why would anyone need to beg for the right thing to be done? Maybe if the ducks could ride scooters, there would be money for this. Or maybe if they had means to pay for one of the so-called affordable apartments we have in Chattanooga, they would rate the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What's 'Good' About It?

For the biggest part of my life (a real long time) I refused to acknowledge what is “good” about Good Friday. Today, in literally every country on earth, it is ‘Good Friday’ and, nope, nothing is “good” about killing my Jesus. Forget that it is the most singular display of His love for me, and I push all of the human race aside, to stand completely alone, and feel Jesus’ eyes on ... (click for more)