Partners for Education at Berea College uses a place based, student focused approach to improve educational outcomes throughout Appalachia, including here in Knox County. Our partnership with Berea College provides KCPS students with countless resources and support personnel to remove barriers to academic achievement and child well-being.
Below is a listing of programs being offered in the Knox County Public Schools through Berea College:
AmeriCorps: PartnerCorp Mentors
Knox Central students currently benefit from the services of AmeriCorps/PartnerCorps mentors. Members serve for one year as mentors, college advisors and family connectors to high school students. During the 2016-2017 school year, PartnerCorps members will focus on providing tutoring services to the high school students.
Full-Service Community Schools
Full-Service Community Schools provide students in Knox County with comprehensive services and interventions including:
- service learning opportunities,
- job training and
- career counseling services.
Services provided to families of students include:
- Improving access to and use of social service programs
- Programs that promote family financial stability.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
GEAR UP is Knox County’s first partnership with Berea College. GEAR UP follows a cohort of students from sixth grade to their freshman year in college. In Knox County, the first cohort of students through GEAR UP are currently seniors in our high schools. It emphasizes college readiness through academic success and the building of a college-going culture. Services include:
- in-school tutoring
- summer academies
- career exploration
- test preparation
- college visits
- career site visits
- educator professional development
- family engagement activities.