Community engagement and investment is critical to promoting postsecondary access and completion. That’s why Complete Tennessee partners with county leaders across the state to better understand higher education and workforce data from the ground up. Examining the challenges facing students and communities in different regions will allow Complete Tennessee to craft targeted strategies to help counties raise college achievement rates and meet local workforce demands.
While Complete Tennessee works with all counties to improve understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing students, the program will also launch a more comprehensive effort in 21 “pilot” counties, including Tennessee’s four largest counties and five of the state’s economically distressed counties. By taking a deeper dive in select counties with unique needs, we can build diverse models of programs and practice that may be helpful in other areas of the state.