Jackson State Community College will open up its computer lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday.
The event is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, Governor Bill Haslam’s program to provide two years of community college or technical school tuition. Tennessee Promise is part of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential, such as a college degree or technical certificate.
During Scholarship Saturday, students may come to the Student Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and use the college’s computers to sign up online. Free refreshments will also be on hand for anyone signing up. The college’s usual application fee will be waived for any student who also completes his or her college application during the event.
“Tennessee Promise is such an incredible opportunity for students to pursue their dreams after high school,” said Countance Anderson, Director of Registration. “We want to make signing up for the Promise a celebration for the students and also give them an opportunity to get their application to college in at the same time. This puts them well on their way down the path to a degree or certificate.”
Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would participate and complete their application. “Tennessee Promise has changed the conversation about going to college in our state, and I hope we can encourage students to sign up early,” Krause said. “Scholarship Saturday provides a chance for students to sign up for the Promise and make a connection with their local college.”