Across the five PlanET counties, about 10.5% of residents aged 25 to 64 have failed to complete their high school education. In some counties, that number rises to nearly 30%. As a part of an initiative called American Graduate, East Tennessee PBS along with partners PlanET, TribeOne and the Knoxville Area Urban League, conducted a community forum on the topic in December 2012.
The commitment to bettering educational opportunities in East Tennessee is an idea frequently linked to the goal of attracting high quality jobs to the region. PlanET has expanded its focus to include educational issues as is explained in this video produced by East Tennessee PBS.