TN Valley Early College

Tn Valley Early College

The Tennessee Valley Early College (TVEC) is a partnership between the college and local school systems designed to allow students to pursue an Associate’s Degree at the same time they are earning a high school diploma. This goal is achieved by engaging students in a rigorous high school curriculum tied to the incentive of earning college credit during their freshman and sophomore years and taking traditional college courses on CSCC’s campus during their junior and senior years.

Cleveland State has partnerships with Bradley Central High School, Cleveland High School, and Walker Valley High School. Rising freshman will have the opportunity to apply for admission into the program. If selected, they will have the opportunity to pursue a degree through one of pathways listed below:

Business

Students may elect to prepare for the business profession through a transfer pathway listed below on their pursuit to a four-year degree. Those interested in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, office administration or related fields should consider this curriculum.

Civil or Mechanical Engineering

These degree programs are designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree granting institution. They are designed to create a smooth transition for students to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field. (*Requires students to have a minimum 26 Math ACT upon entering Junior Year.)

College Transfer Pathway

This sequence of courses allows a student to graduate with a University Parallel, A.S. Students are able to tailor their studies towards their individual career goals such as pre-health professions, education, criminal justice, art, social work, engineering, business administration, and many more. Upon completion, students would be able to articulate their degree to any state college or university and many of our state’s private institutions where they could enter college as a junior.

College Transfer Pathway (Engineering Focus)

This degree will allow students to follow the University Parallel, AS pathway and focus on a general degree program while taking engineering focused courses when applicable. Those courses can transfer to a college or university in preparation of engineering related fields such as Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical.

College Transfer Pathway (Health Focus)

This degree will allow students to follow the University Parallel, AS pathway and focus on a general degree program while taking health focused courses when applicable. Those courses can transfer to a college or university in preparation of medical related fields such as Nursing, Pre-Medical, etc.

Criminal Justice Pathway

The Criminal Justice emphasis is designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree granting institution. This program prepares students for more advanced study in a pathway through which students can pursue careers in law enforcement, the legal system, or corrections.

Mechatronics Pathway

A blend of electrical controls, mechanical systems, robotics, welding and occupational safety classes are included in the mechatronics pathway preparing students to graduate with their Associate of Applied Science Degree armed with a highly desirable skill set for today’s advanced manufacturing workplace.

The efficacy of early college programs at improving student learning is supported by national research which has shown that students engaged in this model of instruction are significantly more likely to earn college degrees than other students while at the same time accruing less educational debt and having the opportunity to begin their careers early (thus having the opportunity for higher lifetime earnings).

Any parents of rising 9th graders at Bradley Central High School, Cleveland High School, or Walker Valley High School interested in enrolling or learning more about the program should contact their high school counselors. Parents who are interested in learning what the Tennessee Valley Early College can offer home school students should contact Rachel Scruggs at rscruggs@clevelandstatecc.edu.

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