2021 Summer Institute

What is Summer Institute?

tnAchieves Summer Institute is a FREE program where students take all remedial college classes along with 3 college-level classes. Successful students complete the program with at least 7 college credit hours and make lasting friendships with their peers! tnAchieves Summer Institute is an excellent way for students to experience college and get ahead in classes prior to the fall 2021 semester.

Summer Institute students will enroll in the following classes: learning support math, learning support reading, learning support English, Academic Success, English Composition I and Probability and Statistics. In addition, Summer Institute students are connected with tutors and college success resources to make the transition to college less intimidating.

If you are a student attending Nashville State Community College or Southwest Tennessee Community College, have ACT scores below college level in all three subjects and are able to commit to a summer program, we highly encourage you to enroll in Summer Institute instead of the Summer Bridge Program!

APPLY HERE: 2021 Summer Institute    

Programs available

Nashville State CC- Southeast (Antioch) Campus

June 1 to August 6, Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:10 PM (Lunch will be provided) and Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Southwest TN CC- Whitehaven Campus

June 28 - August 6, Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 2:50 PM and Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please note, the SWTCC program will be hybrid and will require students to complete assignments outside the assigned program time.

  1. Students interested in Summer Institute must:

    1. Graduate from a participating high school;
      • Nashville State Community College program: Antioch, Cane Ridge, Maplewood, Pearl-Cohn or Whites Creek 
      • Southwest TN Community College program: Booker T Washington, Central, City University, East, Fairley, Freedom Prep, Hamilton, Hillcrest, Kingsbury, Kirby, Manassas, Melrose, Mitchell, Oakhaven, Overton, Pathways, Ridgeway, Sheffield, Southwind, Westwood, Whitehaven or Wooddale
    2. Be willing to commit to the FULL program; and
      • Only 3 excused absences are accepted
    3. Meet all deadlines outlined below.
  • Apply for tnAchieves Summer Institute by May 3.
  • Apply to the college where the program will be held by May 17.
  • Provide tnAchieves with ACT scores by May 17.
  • Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by May 17 (tnAchieves will hold virtual FAFSA help sessions.).
  • Attend a mandatory orientation at the college in May or June (SWTCC students chose their preferred date on the Summer Institute application. NSCC students, exact dates and times to be shared with you soon).
  • Complete verification and admissions requirements by 1st day of classes.

How is this program impacted by COVID-19? Students who participate are required to follow all COVID-19 policies laid out by the institution. All classes will be properly social distanced and students will be required to wear masks throughout their time on campus.

What classes will I be taking? As a Summer Institute student, you will be enrolled in Academic Success, Reading 0810, English 0810, English 1010, Math 0530 and Math 1530.

I took SAILS math in high school; do I still have to take the math support class? Yes! Every student in the program is required to participate in all six classes.

What is a learning support class? A learning support class is a class that students must enroll in if they score below a specific threshold on the ACT or placement test prior to college enrollment. The class credit hours will not count towards the student’s major but the student is required to take the class and pass it to be considered college level in that subject.

Do I have to attend Southwest/Nashville State in the fall or can I transfer to a different institution? Students who participate in the program are not required to attend Southwest or Nashville State in the fall. We strongly encourage students to verify with their intended college that any college credits earned during the program will transfer to their college.

I only need to take one support class based on my ACT score. Can I still participate? Only students requiring all 3 learning support classes are eligible for Summer Institute. Students who only need one support class should consider participating in our 3-week Summer Bridge Program (LINK to SBP).

Can I still participate if I plan on attending a college in the fall that does not accept the TN Promise scholarship? Students who are currently eligible for the TN Promise scholarship at the start of the program can participate even if they do not plan on using the scholarship in the fall, but credits are not guaranteed to transfer outside of the TN Community College system.

I have a summer vacation planned and I will miss several days of the program. Can I still participate? Students are only allotted a total of three absences for the duration of the 10-week program. If your summer plans exceed the allotted absences, you should consider participating in our 3-week Summer Bridge Program. Absences are only allowed with an accepted documented excuse.

Is the program free? Yes! The program is free to students. We provide all of the necessary supplies and lunch or snacks each day.

APPLY HERE: 2021 Summer Institute