Welcome to TnACHE-SEED

TnACHE is a successful postsecondary awareness and access program that encourages Tennessee Appalachian students to pursue postsecondary education.

TnACHE awards low-cost, high-impact competitive grants and provides other professional services to high schools for implementation of a model program. Model programs include events such as campus visits, college/career fairs, and college summits. TnACHE is not affiliated with a specific educational institution; therefore, the program focuses on access to a variety of postsecondary educational opportunities including the military, certificate programs, and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and two/four-year colleges and universities.

Modeled after successful programs in Ohio and West Virginia, TnACHE focuses on partnerships with institutions of higher education (IHE), business and industry, state government, and community organizations to stimulate and sustain economic development in Appalachian Tennessee by raising high school graduation rates, increasing college enrollment and, overall, increasing student, parent, and teacher knowledge about the benefits of postsecondary educational attainment.

TnACHE targets distressed Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) counties and distressed regions in at-risk Appalachian counties. Staff members continuously seek corporate investments to enhance and support district and school level projects to meet the needs of students in Appalachian Tennessee.

Our History

The TnACHE program originated at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002 and has been led by SouthEast Educational, Inc., a woman-directed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, since 2007. In addition to Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee, other active centers are operating in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, . Currently, TnACHE is partnered with the First Tennessee Development District (FTDD). FTDD serves as the fiscal agent for the TnACHE program.

TnACHE Works!

In East Tennessee, the TnACHE program has increased high school graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment rates, and established infrastructures of community-wide school support providing all students with information about and access to college. TnACHE invests in Appalachian students so that they can expect, pursue, and succeed in higher education and the workforce.