TnACHE partners with high schools, postsecondary educational institutions, business and industry in distressed Appalachian Tennessee counties and areas as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Its goal is to increase postsecondary education access and attainment for students in the region through the development and implementation of Postsecondary Access Programs.
TnACHE is modeled after a program supported, initially, by Bob Evans, farmer, famed restaurateur and then-member of the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR). Mr. Evans suggested to college presidents that low postsecondary enrollment rates in his native, Appalachian Ohio needed to be addressed. Acting on this suggestion, the OBR funded a seminal study, originally completed in 1992 and later updated in 2009. The study is titled Appalachian Access and Success Study. Results from this definitive work on why Appalachian students do not seek postsecondary education instigated the creation of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) that led to program replication in Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Currently TnACHE partners with and is supported by:
- Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
- The Appalachian Higher Education Network (AHEN)
- Tennessee Scholars Program
- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and ARC Office of Program Management
- First Tennessee Development District
- Alliance for Business and Training
- South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance
- Tennessee Workforce Development- Southeast Tennessee Development District
- Northeast State Community College
- Regional Center for Advanced Technology (RCAM)
- Creative Communities, LaunchTN
- iBelieve Foundation