TN gov Bill Haslam prioritizes education, sends college advisers to high schools across the state

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.

The Tennessean reports that, starting Monday, each adviser will be working with a school that has an average college-going rate that falls below the three-year state average of 58.8 percent.

The three-year, $2.4 million pilot effort, known as Advise TN, is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s push to prioritize higher education. The advisers hope that by working year-round, they will be able to establish deeper relationships with students and families.

Each adviser will coordinate with school officials to decide on priorities that are specific to the school’s needs.

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

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved 2016.

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