University High will direct high school students to college

UTC signs agreement with Hamilton County Schools

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – UTC and Hamilton County Schools are teaming up to bring local high school students an even bigger opportunity.

UTC and Hamilton County Schools signed an agreement today that will put a new college pipeline into motion.

University High is a two year program open to local high school students offering a taste of the college experience at no cost to families.

Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach for UTC, said “Paying for school or thinking about how to pay for college is not something that they have to worry about.” Howard-Baptiste aims to eliminate the financial barrier so students can think about college for themselves.

50 high school students will enroll in the fall of 2023, earning 14-20 college credits by graduation.

At its core, the program aims to increase opportunities and accessibility for students who might not have seen themselves attending a 4 year institution.

Director of Innovation and Fine Arts for Hamilton County Schools Grant Knowles mentions that college education might not be “the end-goal for all students, but it should be a possibility for each and every student.” He goes on to say that the two organizations  “really wanted to make sure we built a program so that any high school student across Hamilton County could see themselves here at UTC or any other 4 year university.”

Although it’s similar to dual enrollment, this program is unique in it’s own right.

University High is designed to excite students about their future, allowing each student to thrive in their own way.

Students are able to discover their passions and dive deeper into their interests through place-based learning within our community.

Admission is open to all Hamilton County high school students and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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