CMT has named emerging artist, Courtney Cole, as the new spokesperson for its CMT Empowering Education campaign. The national campaign, now in its fourth year, encourages CMT viewers to pursue a postsecondary education no matter their age or circumstance. Cole is not a new face to the campaign, having kicked off the very first event for CMT at Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Ky. The country star returns to headline 10 events this year at partner community colleges across the country, helping raise awareness about the resources available for potential students interested in earning degrees and certificates.
“I’m excited to partner with CMT on their Empowering Education initiative,” said Cole, a recent graduate of Belmont University. “Music and education are a powerful combination. Having the opportunity to meet students and hear their stories is something I’m looking forward to!”
”We are thrilled to have Courtney join us as our CMT Empowering Education spokesperson because she’s seen first-hand the power of these events in small communities. Courtney provides a great example of how education can enhance your career options and we know with her help–we’ll continue to grow the impact of CMT Empowering Education.”
Cole’s first stop for CMT Empowering Education is scheduled at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tenn. on April 22. In collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), her tour will cover 10 of the 25 partner colleges in 2016 across the United States. Additional events to include the following schools (dates/times to be announced):
Northeast State Community College Blountville TN
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Moorefield WV
Bridge Valley Community and Technical College Montgomery WV
Missouri Community College Association Jefferson City MO
University of Arkansas-Fort Smithin partnership with Rich Mountain Community College Ft. Smith AR
Jackson College Jackson MI
Zane State College Zanesville OH
Northwest State Community College Archbold OH
Gulf Coast State College Panama City FL
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg SC
CMT first announced the community college initiative in 2014 at the Clinton Global Initiative-America meeting, and experienced early success working with the AACC to host local events, bringing star-power and helping to put a face on education by highlighting success stories of students in each community. The Hazard, Ky., event marked the first of the grassroots activities encouraging community members to pursue education, and the school subsequently added additional programs to accommodate increased demand.