Tennessee Valley Early College

The Tennessee Valley Early College at Cleveland State 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 of taking traditional college courses on CSCC’s campus during their junior and senior years.

The first high school to enter into a partnership with the Early College is Cleveland High. Rising freshman will have the opportunity to apply for application into the program. If selected, they will have the opportunity to pursue a degree through one of three pathways:

A College Transfer Pathway: This sequence of courses allows a student to graduate with a General Transfer, A.S. Students are able to tailor their studies towards their individual career goals by using the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, which focus on preparatory study in programs such as pre-health professions, education, criminal justice, art, social work, engineering, business administration, and many more. Upon completion, students would be able 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.

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.

Business: Students may elect to prepare for the business profession through a transfer pathway listed above on their pursuit to a four-year degree. For students interested in a more direct and immediate career path, a pathway has been developed to lead to the Associate of Applied Science Degree. Classes in this pathway include an Introduction to Business class along with specialized courses in Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Economics.

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 Cleveland High School who are 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 Suzanne Bayne at sbayne@clevelandstatecc.edu


Partner Schools



Partners & Initiatives

  • Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator
  • America's SBDC Tennesseey
  • Your Skills. Your Future.
  • OneSource
  • Cleveland State Sustainability Initiative
  • TBR The College System of Tennessee
  • TN eCampus
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathway