WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION, PUTNAM MAKES THE GRADE
PURPLE, GOLD AND PROUD Tennessee Tech University
Enrollment - 11,300
Degrees - 40+ undergraduate; 20+ graduate
An educational hub for the region, Cookeville is home to Tennessee Tech University (TTU), which has garnered international acclaim and is consistently ranked among the best universities in academics and value. Tennessee Tech University is one of the best public universities in the South, according to a variety of reports and rankings organizations.
- Based on total cost and alumni earnings, TTU provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in the state, and TTU ranks third overall among all universities in Tennessee: 2014
- TTU graduates have the highest mid-career salary potential of any public university graduates in Tennessee: 2014
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
- TTU is one of the top public universities: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014.
- TTU is among the top regional universities in the South: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
- TTU graduates leave with the least debt in the South: 2011, 2015.
- TTU is among the top 10 universities in the South for veterans: 2015.
- TTU is among the universities that provide the best bang for your buck: 2013, 2014. In 2014, TTU was top in the state.
THE PRINCETON REVIEW
- TTU is among the best in the Southeast: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
- The College of Business is among the best 301 business schools: 2012.
- TTU is a best value college: 2007, 2008, 2010.
G.I. JOBS MAGAZINE
- TTU was included on the list of military-friendly universities: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
- The College of Business is among the best and most affordable AACSB-accredited online MBA programs: 2014. TTU was among the top 15 universities on the list and the top school in Tennessee.
Putnam County Schools (PreK-12) Enrollment - 11,250 Schools - 10 pre-K-Grade 4; 4 Grades 5-8; 3 High Schools; 3 Nontraditional Schools (adult high school, alternative school, VITAL school)
FOUR STATE REWARD SCHOOLS (schools that perform in the top 5 percent statewide for annual growth or academic achievement)
- Capshaw Elementary (Performance - 2012-2014)
- Algood Elementary (Progress - 2014)
- Baxter Elementary (Progress - 2012)
- Monterey High School (Progress - 2012)
- Early Literacy Grant in conjunction with WCTE-TV
- American Graduate Grant (provides resources to make sure students graduate) in conjunction with WCTE-TV
- Perkins Reserve Grant (exposes students to careers and helps them forge academic pathways toward chosen careers)
PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY
- A nationwide collaboration sponsored by Harvard University to increase or improve the connection between 7-12 education and the next steps in students’ learning and working lives
- The Upper Cumberland region (in this case, Putnam, White, Overton and Jackson counties), was one of only two Tennessee regions involved in the Pathways to Prosperity pilot project, an opportunity made possible by the Highlands Economic Partnership Workforce Development and Education Committee.
- Tennessee is one of nine states involved.
VITAL E-LEARNING NETWORK
- A statewide, recognized virtual school
- Offers dual enrollment and credit advancement
- Uses digital integration in the classroom to personalize learning
- Has a 96-98 percent success rate and an overall average grade of 85 with all components counted
- Includes a personal finance class offered to all high school students that is a result of a collaborative effort between Dave Ramsey’s Lampo Group, Florida Virtual School and Putnam County Schools
- Students in Putnam County are able to take college-level classes in high school, receiving both high school and college credit for completing those courses.
SCHOOL ADOPTION PROGRAM
- “Putnam has one of the most incredible school adoption programs in the state. The adopters tend to be very involved in the lives of their schools. It’s not just a monetary donation. It’s volunteer work and providing resources to teachers and to administrators. It’s a real partnership.” Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education
- Started in 1989, the School Adoption Program is the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s longest tenured program and is only open to chamber members.
- Every student who graduates in 2015 and afterward has the opportunity to attend two years of community college or technical school tuition free.
- Our entire school district is 100-percent accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACSCASI).
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RECOGNITION
- Monterey High School recognized as a Bronze School
- Cookeville High School has been an International Baccalaureate®(IB) World School since 2004. CHS is one of only 23 schools in the state and 1,575 in the nation that has earned the prestigious designation to grant International Baccalaureate®(IB) diplomas.
- In the spring of 2011, Avery Trace Middle School (ATMS) made the decision to pursue IB World School authorization as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). Avery Trace hopes to become an authorized IB World School in 2015.
HIGH ACT SCORES
- Cookeville High School students had an average Composite ACT score of 21.1 in 2012, exceeding the state average of 19.6.
- In 2013, 44.3 percent of Putnam County graduates met the requirements to receive the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, which requires a high school grade point average of 3.0 or a 21 Composite on the ACT.
HIGH GRADUATION RATE
- The graduation rate for the Putnam County School System for the 2013-2014 school year reached 92.6 percent, beating the state graduation rate of 87.2 percent and the national graduation rate of 81 percent.
PRO-EDUCATION COMMUNITY LEADERS
- The Highlands Workforce Development and Education Committee, part of the four-county Highlands Economic Partnership, is a partnership between leaders in business, industry, K-12, higher education and chambers of commerce who have forged an alliance to address the challenges of a 21st century workforce. The group has worked to create partnerships between school districts and the business community in putting children on the pathway to higher education.
GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER
- The Putnam County School System now offers a Global Learning Center to provide an environment where newcomer students can learn the English language and American culture in an effort to help them succeed in the American school system and beyond.
“People are moving to this region, and one of the things that attracts them to Putnam County and to the Upper Cumberland is the school system.”
Jerry Boyd, Putnam County Director of Schools
“I certainly felt a sense of collaboration in the district, and as I have had opportunity to travel the state and visit with others districts, I realized how special Putnam County really was with its educational system.”
Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education
*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION
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