- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thirty high schools across Tennessee are preparing to welcome specially trained college advisers who are focused on encouraging more young people to attend college.

Starting Monday, each adviser will work with a school that has a rate of students going to college that falls below the three-year state average of 58.8 percent, The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/2dsyKcW) reported.

The three-year, $2.4 million pilot effort, known as Advise TN, is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s push to prioritize higher education. Each adviser will coordinate with school officials to decide on priorities that are specific to the school’s needs.

“There are a lot of things that happen in a high school. To have a person that’s really that one college (resource) on a daily basis is important,” said Nathan Langlois, principal at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville. “That’s what we need. We need an expert.”

Advisers will also work with students during the summer to keep them on track as they prepare for college. The advisers hope that by working year-round, they will be able to establish deeper relationships with students and families.

“There’s a lot of stuff that gets in the way between getting accepted and going to college,” said Susan Kessler, the principal at Hunters Lane High School in Nashville. “This is going to help keep those doors open so more of my kids get to college.”

Officials estimate more than 14,000 students could be affected by the program over the next three years.

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com


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