State Rep. Rick Staples Photo submitted

By Vivian Shipe

KNOXVILLE, TN — It seemed like a dream that would never come true ; many had tried but to no avail, but the efforts by District 15 State Representative Rick Staples to see Knoxville College, one of the oldest HBCU schools in the nation reopened prevailed and the dream is finally a reality.

May 17th, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted YES to give KC back it’s accreditation. The college built by slaves in 1875 was given permission to begin receiving students this fall.

The initial classes will begin online with a goal of students returning to the physical campus by  2019.

The first degree to be offered will be an Associate Degree of Arts with four concentrations in the areas of mathmatics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Applications are now being accepted for this historic next class of KC Bulldogs who like a phoenix, has risen yet again.