Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date August 7, 2008

For More Information: Brenda Rayner, 333-4247


Southwest Tennessee Community College to Host Interactive Success Presentation for First-Year Students

Southwest Tennessee Community College announced today that it will host “The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career,” a free success presentation for first-year college students, on August 13 at 5 p.m. on its Union Avenue Campus in the M-Building, Room 109. The presentation will be held on the Macon Cove Campus in the Farris Auditorium at 5 p.m. on August 14, and at 9 a.m. on August 15. The presentation will be delivered on campuses across the nation this fall to more than 350,000 students.

The program emphasizes the importance of academics, time management, setting goals and maximizing opportunities both in college and in future careers. “Currently, only 68 percent of college freshmen progress to their sophomore year,” said JR Cifani, vice president of Making It Count. “Couple that with the fact that only 47 percent of students entering college will graduate within five years and the importance of the program becomes very clear. We are providing students with a map to realize their goals and ambitions.”

The impact of the message presented can be seen in the positive evaluation scores given the program by both educators and students. In 2007, campus personnel rated the value of the ideas presented a 9.3 on a 10-point scale, and students rated the ideas presented an 8.7 on a 10-point scale.

“We are expecting approximately100 students per session,” said Vanessa Dowdy, associate director of recruiting for Southwest. “This is our first year participating and we are hoping that ultimately, the activities will increase retention for these first-year students.”

More information about “The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career” can be found online at www.makingitcount.com. For more information about presentations at Southwest, contact Vanessa Dowdy at vdowdy@southwest.tn.edu .

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