With the grant awarded to the STEM Academy at Kenwood High and Middle College High School, the fall semester at Austin Peay State University kicks off with 170 CMCSS students who will be transitioning into college via dual enrollment. More impressively, they are doing so without incurring any personal expense.
To honor these students, CMCSS is hosting a STEM Academy/ Middle College Dual-Enrollment Welcoming Convocation on today at 1 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Morgan University Center at APSU. Schools Director Dr. B.J. Worthington and APSU President Tim Hall will be providing motivational addresses to all 170 students. In addition, state Rep. Joe Pitts, who serves on the State House Education Committee, will be in attendance with members of the grant committee.
The Tennessee College Access and Success 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.
The grant will fund dual enrollment fees for students in the Middle College High School at Austin Peay State University and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy at Kenwood High School. While the HOPE lottery scholarship covers some of the cost of enrolling in college courses while students are in high school, it doesn’t cover 100% of the cost. The grant will provide funds to cover the course, as well as textbooks or materials needed in the class.