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College Preparation

During his 2011 Inaugural Address, Mayor Karl Dean set a goal to double the number of college graduates in Nashville, specifically the number of students who graduate from Nashville public high schools and go on to receive a two-year, four-year or technical degree.

There is a direct correlation between the level of someone's education and their likelihood to be employed. And more new jobs being created today require education beyond a high school degree. In Nashville, the average value of a four-year college degree — compared to not having a high school diploma — is nearly $1 million in additional earnings over a 40-year career. However, as of 2011, less than half of Metro Nashville public high school students went on to attend a two-year or four-year college and only about a quarter receive a degree within six years. 

"There is nothing we as a city can accomplish that will have a greater or longer-lasting impact. Education is the answer to growing our economy. It is the answer to reducing poverty. It is the answer to making our city safer," Mayor Dean said during his speech. 

For these reasons, Mayor Dean has worked to develop creative programs that not only help students succeed in high school, but beyond as well. Learn more about Scholars Academy and gap financing for Dual Enrollment