Mentors needed for Cheatham County’s Tennessee Promise that helps students complete higher education

Our students still need mentors for Cheatham County’s Tennessee Promise!!!

The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015. It will provide students a last dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will provide guidance and assistance as the student enters higher education. In addition, students will be required to complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA).

Though our educational attainment is higher than most counties, we are committed to helping our citizens reach their goals and to maintain an adequately trained workforce.  If you would like to learn more or to apply to become a mentor, check out  tnAchieves serves as the partnering organization to Tennessee Promise in Cheatham County and most of the other counties in the state. The deadline to apply online to become a mentor is November 1, 2014.

High school students and their parents may also go to to learn more or apply.  High school guidance counselors will also have information on the program.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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