Seniors at Polk County High Receives Post Graduation Assistance from CSCC

(Left to right) Polk County High School seniors Parker Rollins, Traygan Wooten, Peyton Higgins, and David Gruver

Seniors at Polk County High Receives Post Graduation Assistance from CSCC

Napierra Alexander
Friday, January 7, 2022 12:00 AM
All, Community, Students

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Cleveland State Community College was invited to speak to the Senior Capstone Classes at Polk County High School on December 3 about post graduation options. Students had questions regarding scholarships, academic programs, as well as balancing work and class schedules. Cleveland State representatives from admissions, recruiting, entrepreneurship, as well as the Advanced Technologies Institute were able to discuss some of the many opportunities available for students at Cleveland State.

Dr. Jason Bell and Melissa Fugate with Polk County Schools initially invited Cleveland State.  Bell highlighted the work that Copper Basin High School initiated a few years ago regarding the implementation of a senior capstone course and brought that success to Polk County High School this past Fall semester with Melissa Fugate as the instructor. The senior capstone course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and information needed to be successful upon graduation.  

“Our goal is to provide students with skills and strategies that help lead to success after high school and this Capstone Course meets that goal perfectly” stated Dr. Jason Bell, Secondary Supervisor Polk County Schools.

During the capstone course, students worked on filing their FAFSA, applied for the TN Promise scholarship, completed college, job, and scholarship applications, and created a professional portfolio. Their senior capstone presentation included self and career exploration, financial literacy, college fit, and social/emotional health. Students presented their capstone projects to a panel of community members and school officials. Holly Melton from Cleveland State served as a panel member. 

“It was an honor to listen to the goals and aspirations of the students at Polk County High School and see how Cleveland State can fit the needs of our service area seniors,” stated Holly Melton, CSCC’s Coordinator of Recruitment.

For more information on Cleveland State Community College, visit the website or email If you are interested in applying,visit Students are currently enrolled online and on-campus through the CSCCmain campus in Cleveland, Tennessee, as well as CSCC’s Athens Center in Athens, Tennesseeand Monroe County Center in Vonore, Tennessee.

CSCC earned the Tennessee Board of Regent’s 2019 College of The Year. CSCC directly servesBradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk Counties in Tennessee. The College System ofTennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving more than 140,000 students.


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