Southwest Tennessee Development District: REDI College Access

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

The REDI College Access Program is the cornerstone of a program to increase educational attainment levels and improve workforce skill levels in rural West Tennessee. Mentors work in high schools across 11 counties to provide assistance to seniors on college exploration and the application and enrollment process. REDI focuses on first generation, economically
disadvantaged students, but also works with any student. College Transition Coaches at two regional colleges help incoming REDI students transition to higher education and provide assistance with financial aid, tutoring, and other support services. The retention rate of REDI students is above average for both of the participating colleges. The Southwest Tennessee Development District serves as the parent organization for REDI staff and provides vision and leadership to the initiative.

Lisa Hankins, REDI Director: [email protected]
Joe W. Barker, Executive Director: [email protected]

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