Two months after Dr. Tracy Hall became President of Southwest Tennessee Community College (STCC), a meeting with staff and faculty resulted in some changes that address the school’s challenges. STCC now has installed mentor and professional advisor programs for their students with the hope of turning around decreasing retention and enrollment rates.
Dr. Hall and Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, associate vice president of retention and student success, join host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries for this week’s WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines. Dr. Hall and Dr. Taylor discuss the programs that STCC has enacted that benefit not only the college and its students, but also the Greater Memphis area.
Tennessee Promise allows graduated high school students to attend two years of community college for free. Dr. Taylor says that Tennessee Promise has also aided in STCC’s rise in retention rates because an overwhelming amount of their students have poverty as a major obstace to their higher education. The guests discuss other options STCC offers to help students get through their college years.
Future expansion plans for STCC are also discussed.