Thursday, January 26, 2012

Memphis/Shelby County Update

Things are definitely rockin’ and rollin’ in Shelby County as we begin the first year of Memphis/Shelby Achieves! As of our December deadline, we received almost double the number of student applications than originally anticipated. We worked hard through the holidays with school counselors and mentors to make sure everyone was informed and ready for the first team meetings.
Last week, we held the last of 9 meetings at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Tennessee Technology Center. Students, parents, and mentors came together for a crash course in free college.  Amidst the chaos of 2 school districts, 52 high schools, 1900 applicants and 204 mentors, there was one message that was clear to all: Memphis/Shelby is ready to increase our number of college graduates.  
To the community organizations and businesses who are providing funding and mentors, to the guidance counselors and parents who encouraged their children to apply, to each person who has helped launch a successful beginning to Memphis/Shelby Achieves, there is only one thing to say: “Thank ya! Thank ya very much!”   
-Kaci Murley

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