The College of Public Service at TSU and TDOC Recognize Students Who Completed PMA – An Innovative Academic Program for Employees of The State of Tennessee! On May 30th, the College of Public Service (CPS) at Tennessee State University held a ceremony to recognize the 46 students who completed the the first cohort of the Professional Management Academy (PMA) and achieved a milestone in progress toward a BS degree. PMA is a partnership that we in the College and the Urban Studies Program developed for the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC). The partnership is aimed at assisting state employees to earn 18 credit hours through six accelerated courses as the first phase toward earning their BS in Urban Studies.
Upon completion the students received a certificate from TDOC in recognition of their work and as an incentive to continue with their matriculation. The ceremony was held at the Avon Williams Campus and attended by over 150 individuals including top leadership at TDOC. Commissioner Tony Parker (TDOC) and Dean Michael Harris gave remarks highlighting the partnership, its relationship to the State’s Drive to 55 initiative, and TSU’s recruitment, retention, and graduation goals and service to the state.
Students will now move on to the second phase of the program – the Professional Opportunity Academy (POA) – an online program wherein students earn additional 15 hours towards their degree. The Commissioner expressed his strong support and expectation that the students will continue and complete the BS degree.
In Picture: Tony Parker, Commissioner , Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC);Dr. Cara Robinson, Department Chair and Associate Professor; Michael Harris Dean and Professor ,College of Public Service (CPS) Tennessee State University (TSU), Nashville, TN, May 30, 2018