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DOE: Advise TN School Application Dealine

Gov. Haslam has launched a new initiative called Advise TN, a program to increase the number of students accessing higher education by providing college counselors to 30 public high schools and 10,000 junior and senior students across the state this fall (read the press release here). Administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Advise TN supports the state’s Drive to 55 campaign to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025.

Partner high schools will be selected through a competitive process based on a strong commitment to building a college-going culture. To be eligible for consideration, high schools must have a college-going rate that is less than the state average (click here for college-going rates by county). The deadline for schools to apply is Aug. 12. For more information and to access an application, visit their website (here).

College advisors are being hired and trained this summer and will be placed with partner schools in fall 2016. They will work alongside the school’s counselors, educators, parents, and local partners to implement college-access best practices and foster the school’s college-going culture, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with students, and, most importantly, assist students and their families as they navigate the college-going process. Advisors will supplement, not replace, existing high school counseling staff.

If you have questions about strengthening your current college and career counseling program, email School.Counseling@tn.gov