A Conversation With Smoky Mountain Reconnect
Serving a nine county region surrounding Morristown, TN, the Smoky Mountain Reconnect Community joined the Network in 2016.
Why does this work matter? Why are you building a pathway locally for adults to come back and complete a degree?
I believe many social and economic problems can be solved with a higher educated workforce and community. Studies show that adults with post-secondary education earn more money, volunteer more, vote, and lead healthier lifestyles. All those factors contribute to make a better community.
Who were your first champions?
Our backbone organization, Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority
What's your goal? What are you aiming for?
To improve the lives of adults in this area and to improve the lives of their children by making education a priority
Why is your community an awesome place?
In addition to it being a beautiful part of the country to live in, it is full of genuinely nice people!
Community Advising Locations
Advisors generally work by phone, email or text. If a Reconnector wants to meet in person, they can meet at the public library, the local American Job Center or at one of the campuses of the community college.
Director and three a part-time advisors.
To support 1200 area adult learners to and through post-secondary attainment through the provision of high quality advising.