TN Path to College Events

TN College & Career Planning Nights

These are events designed to engage parents in the college-going process while preparing high school juniors and their parents for the application process the following year. Elementary and Middle Schools are encouraged to do “College and Career Planning” activities.

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Originally designed for high school juniors and their parents, this after-school event provides crucial information about college search, applications, and financial aid processes. For younger students and parents, college planning includes resources for career exploration and planning for the student’s future.

Event Resources

Social Media and Outreach

Reaching out to local media is a wonderful way to increase community awareness of and involvement in college access work. Path to College events are a positive reflection of work happening in your community and inviting the media will shine a spotlight on the work you’re doing through the program. Likewise, social media outlets will allow you to spread the word about your events quickly at no cost.


Social Media 101

Steps for Reaching out to the Media

Sample Photo Media Release Form

Sample Media Advisory

Sample Press Release

Volunteer Engagement

Volunteers provide several benefits to your Path to College Events. They can ensure that students sign in to your event, that students and families are directed to the correct locations, and help support students in key tasks like filling out a college application or a FAFSA. In addition to manpower, volunteer involvement provides your students and families with a sense of community support that is a key ingredient to a thriving college-going culture. When students see a volunteer from a local business or higher education institution who is taking time from their day to help with a Path to College event, it sends a message that the community cares about student success.


Recruit Them

Train Them

Thank Them


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