Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, leave the House chamber after Haslam gave his annual State of the State address in Nashville Monday. Haslam is looking to expand a community college program to include adults

Recent high school graduates in Tennessee are already allowed to attend community college at no cost. Now Gov. Bill Haslam is looking to expand the year-old program to provide free community college educations to adults, as well.
Haslam, a Republican who’s been in office since 2011, made his pitch at Monday night’s State of the State address. Afterwards, he tweeted, “Let’s be the Tennessee we can be.”
The pitch was well-received by members of both parties, as the governor pushes toward his goal of helping Tennessee have 55 percent of its 6.6 million citizens hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by the year 2025.
The state currently needs 871,000 post-secondary degrees or certificates to reach that goal, Haslam’s office says. And it would help if free access to community college is given to adults — including the 900,000 Tennesseans who have taken some college classes but didn’t get a degree.
“Since the fall of …
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