TnACHE-SEED is a successfully proven postsecondary awareness and access program that encourages Tennessee Appalachian students to pursue a postsecondary education. The TnACHE-SEED awards low-cost, high-impact competitive grants and provides other professional services to high schools for implementation of the Model Program such as campus visits, college/career fairs, and college summits. TnACHE-SEED is not affiliated with a specific educational institution, therefore, the program focuses on access to a variety of postsecondary educational opportunities including Certificate Programs and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology and two/four-year colleges and universities.
Modeled after successful programs in Ohio and West Virginia, TnACHE-SEED focuses on partnerships with institutions of higher education, business and industry, state government and community organizations to stimulate and sustain economic development in The Appalachian Tennessee region by raising high school graduation rates, increasing college enrollment and, overall, increasing student, parent, and teacher knowledge about the benefits of postsecondary educational attainment.
The TnACHE-SEED program targets distressed Appalachian counties and areas. SEED staff members continuously seek corporate sponsors to scale up district and school level projects to meet the needs of students throughout Appalachian Tennessee.
TnACHE-SEED Works! In East Tennessee, the TnACHE-SEED program has increased high school graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment rates, and established infrastructures of community-wide school support providing all students with information about and access to college. TnACHE-SEED invests in Appalachian students so that they can expect, pursue, and succeed in higher education, and the workforce.
The TnACHE-SEED program originated at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002 and has been led by SouthEast Educational, Inc., a woman-directed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, since 2007. In addition to Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee, other active centers are operating in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.