For the first time, tnAchieves is offering Knoxville students a scholarship at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.
The first group of 32 students went to orientation on Monday. Previously, tnAchieves only worked with students attending community college. The organization provides free tuition and a mentor for all students.
It's now offering scholarships at TCAT schools in Knoxville and Memphis. That will expand next year to all of the state's 32 TCAT schools as part of the governor's Tennessee Promise program.
"In order for Tennessee as a state to compete in the job market in the coming years we knew we had to provide this opportunity to all students across the state," said Kaci Murley, tnAchieves' director of college completion. "So we are very excited we're gong to be working with all of the TCATs and all of the community colleges in this upcoming graduating class of 2015."
The Tennessee Promise program mirrors tnAchieves. It will give all graduating high school seniors in the state two years of free tuition at a community college or technical schools if they meet entrance requirements.