College Access Project

The Ayers Institute has partnered with the Tennessee College Access and Success Network to produce an innovative professional learning tool for any college access professional. We know college access mentoring requires specific skills and knowledge that are rarely, if ever, formally taught. Our goal is to build a cohort of college access leaders across the state, equipped with the tools to be agents of change in their schools and communities.

Focusing also on the non-academic factors of entering college, this course is a unique approach to training professionals, who work with young people, and high school counselors alike. Each strand is facilitated and discussion based to allow participants to share ideas and gain insights into the various environments in which college access takes place. The course is offered in five learning strands:

  • Working with Young People - Jan 9, 2017 - March 5, 2017; Registration deadline: January 5, 2017
  • Ethics of College Access Counseling - March 27, 2017 - May 21, 2017; Registration deadline: March 20, 2017
  • Creating a College-Going Culture - June 5, 2017 - July 30, 2017; Registration deadline: May 30, 2017
  • Paying for College- Aug 21, 2017 - Oct 15, 2017; Registration deadline: August 14, 2017
  • College Admissions ProcessOct 23, 2017 - Dec. 17, 2017; Registration deadline: October 16, 2017

The strands will be begin in January, running in order all year long. Sign up for any combination of strands, but the College Access Coach title will only be given to participants that complete all five strands. The course is $875, or $175 a strand. Districts or organizations, who would like to register 20 or more participants per strand, will receive a discount and should contact the Ayers Institute directly to register.

TASL credit is available for all strands. Graduate credit is also available upon the completion of all five strands. Three graduate credit hours from Lipscomb University can be transcripted for $1000. Please contact the Ayers Institute directly to complete this process.

This course is made available through a partnership with:

Tennessee College Access & Success Network (TCASN)

Read more about their work here-Increasing College Success