Motlow State to host CMT Empowering Education free concert April 9

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Motlow State Community College has joined forces with CMT and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) College System of Tennessee as one of four community colleges selected to be a part of CMT’s Empowering Education initiative. The project features a multi-city concert tour encouraging rural Tennesseans to pursue higher education.

Country music artist Courtney Cole will be the featured performer at the Motlow State free concert on April 9, inside Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus, with activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. To reserve a ticket visit Motlow’s website at mscc.edu and click the Courtney Cole banner. Ticket banners are also on Motlow’s social media accounts; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MotlowOfficial.

The partnership was announced last fall at the TBR Presidents’ Meeting in Nashville and aims to encourage more Tennesseans to attend college – whether to earn an academic degree or a technical or occupational degree or certificate – paving their way to successful careers that will benefit themselves and their families. CMT’s Empowering Education initiative offers four community colleges across the state the opportunity to receive additional support at a local level, including a free concert at each stop featuring one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” Courtney Cole.

As someone who graduated from college in Tennessee, I am thrilled to be working with CMT and TBR to spread the message of the potential education has to change your life. I can’t wait to tour the state, put on a really fun show, and encourage people to follow their dreams.
— Courtney Cole

“As someone who graduated from college in Tennessee, I am thrilled to be working with CMT and TBR to spread the message of the potential education has to change your life. I can’t wait to tour the state, put on a really fun show, and encourage people to follow their dreams,” said Cole.

A proud graduate of Belmont University, Courtney delivers a spirited live show with authentic lyrics. She has opened for the biggest names in country music like Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett, and was named an artist to watch by Spotify and Huffington Post. She is a vocal supporter of education and has been named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.” Additionally, her latest single “Spiritual” is available via digital retailers. For more about Courtney, visit CourtneyColeMusic.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The partnership is timed to amplify two important statewide initiatives: “Tennessee Promise” and “Tennessee Reconnect.” It also supports the state’s “Drive to 55” mission to increase the number of Tennesseans with a post-high-school degree or certificate to 55 percent of the state’s population by 2025. Achieving that goal will require 800,000 more Tennesseans getting the training and skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

CMT’s Empowering Education community college initiative, the channel’s grassroots education campaign, was first announced in 2014 at the Clinton Global Initiative-America meeting. Working in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the campaign has experienced success hosting more than 30 events in 18 states, bringing star-power and helping put a face on education by highlighting success stories of students. Since 2014, the campaign has worked in some of the nation’s most economically depressed regions to highlight the importance of earning a degree or certificate.