How many high school students get a tour of a college campus hosted by its President? Coal Creek Scholars did during their visit to Tusculum College.
As part of the Coal Creek Scholars program, students to visit schools that they might be interested in attending. Tusculum President Nancy Moody and Becky Tankersley and Aaron Porter, assistant directors of admission, were hosts to the group.
President Moody spoke to the students and their parents in one of the high tech classrooms. She told them how she came from a small town in Kentucky and had a similar background to the scholars. Dr. Moody told the students that whatever school they choose, they should stay focused on why they are there and get the best education they can.
Tusculum is one of a very limited number of colleges offering the Focused Calendar/Block Schedule program, where a student will take one class at a time, each one for 18 days. The schedule is designed to allow students to live and to breathe each subject and to become a part of a true learning community.
The Coal Creek Scholars Program was established by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) to give graduates of Briceville Elementary School in Briceville, Tenn. assistance in seeking a college education. Assistance includes direct financial aid through scholarships and guidance in preparing college/technical school admissions and scholarship applications. Participation in extracurricular activities offered by CCWF at the K-12 level can be included in the “community involvement” section of college/technical school applications.
Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a civic arts institution committed to developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. About twenty-one hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville, our campus in Knoxville, Tenn., and two additional off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.