Story submitted by Elise Shelton, CMCSS
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The fall semester at Austin Peay State University isn’t just for incoming freshmen moving onto campus. It kicked off this week with 170 Clarksville-Montgomery County high school students who will be transitioning into college via dual enrollment and not incurring college debt while doing so.
Thanks to a grant from Tennessee College Access and Success Network, the students enrolled in the STEM Academy at Kenwood High and the Middle College High School at Austin Peay can take college courses as dual enrollment and not have to pay the tuition or cost for books. Schools Director Dr. B.J. Worthington, Austin Peay President Tim Hall and State Rep. Joe Pitts provided motivational addresses to all 170 students.
The network awarded a total of $412,426 in May to six schools, two higher education institutions and four nonprofits in its third annual grant competition, raising the total amount of Race to the Top funds awarded by the Network to more than $1.6 million. CMCSS received $40,000 in dual enrollment funds for students at the STEM Academy and Middle College High School, which was just named in the top five percent of schools statewide.
“The Tennessee College Access & Success Network is providing meaningful and wise investments to promote educational success across the spectrum of student groups in our state. This latest round of funding reflects a commitment by our state to ensure our policy of more college graduates is a real and reasoned strategy,” said Pitts. The 12 awarded programs are adapted and tailored proven best practices from across the state and contribute to the network’s mission to establish a college-going culture in all Tennessee communities.