Northeast State has been awarded a $75,000 Tennessee Promise Forward grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The program is designed to focus on success and retention of Tennessee Promise students.
The grant is part of $522,638 awarded by THEC to seven community colleges across the state. Other colleges receiving funding included Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, Columbia State, Dyersburg State, Pellissippi State, and Volunteer State.
Northeast State’s program, entitled Keeping Our Promise: Access, Completion, and Community, will focus on a peer mentoring program and development of a mobile application specific to the College and the Tennessee Promise program.
The mentoring program will seek and train student leaders from campus to act as near peer mentors to incoming Tennessee Promise students. The mobile app will support the mentor-mentee relationship by providing a method for communication and information between students.
“Tennessee Promise has provided students in Tennessee with an incredible opportunity to go to college,” said Mike Krause, executive director of Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55. “The Tennessee Promise Forward program supports those students and simplifies the transition to college.”
In general, the programs funded through Tennessee Promise Forward will support student retention through increased student engagement and advising. Many of the funded programs plan to engage students using mobile technology, such as texting and mobile apps, to connect students to advisors and other college resources.
Other institutions are developing near-peer advising and mentor programs to assist students with academic and financial aid requirements. To apply for funding, institutions were required to formally partner with their local Tennessee Promise partnering organization in support of the program.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly. The Commission coordinates two systems of higher education, the University of Tennessee institutions governed by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, and the state universities, community colleges, and technology centers governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. There are nine public universities, two special purpose institutes, 13 community colleges, and 27 colleges of applied technology in Tennessee that educate nearly 250,000 students.