Tennessee Valley Early College was invited to present at the 2016 LEAD conference on October 24th. Program coordinator and teacher Anita Adkins, along with Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Jeff Elliot, entertained questions from a room full of educators and supervisors, which included topics such as challenges and benefits of the program, startup expectations, and current financial needs and projections. A video was also presented, which included interviews with several TVEC students from the 2020 cohort, Dr. Dyer, teacher Brice Sharp, Cleveland State’s Dr. Seymour, and Anita Adkins; promotional material was created by Cleveland High School student Rheagan Hall.
On Thursday, August 18th, Cleveland State Community College welcomed the first Tennessee Valley Early College cohort from Cleveland High School. This cohort consists of 29 students from the class of 2020. Students were greeted by Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President, Dr. Denise King, CSCC Vice President, and Dr. Robert Brandon, Dean of Humanities, along with our own Dr. Dyer, Mrs. O’Bryan, and Mrs. Adkins, program coordinator. Students were treated to a full campus tour, library activities, and lunch before participating in their first freshmen seminar. As students continue the TVEC program they will be offered the opportunity to graduate with a CHS degree while earning an associates degree from CSCC.
The Tennessee Valley Early College at Cleveland State Community College commences with Cleveland High School this school year. The inaugural 2020 cohort consists of over 30 students who are preparing for careers in engineering, medicine, business, criminal justice, and fine arts. In addition to being highly-motivated in academics, this cohort includes athletes, musicians, technology students, and creative writers.
TVEC students have the opportunity to graduate from Cleveland High School while simultaneously earning an associates degree from Cleveland State Community College. They can go straight to the workplace after graduation or transfer to a four-year university with up to 60 credit hours from CSCC.