ATTN:  ALL TENNESSEE PROMISE STUDENTS

Your next 8 hours of community service for the Summer Term will be due April 1, 2017.

Community service for the Fall Term will be due July 1, 2017.

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REDI

The goal of REDI is to create a public/private sector partnership in West Tennessee to address issues that affect job creation and quality of life for West Tennessee citizens. In the fall of 2009, representatives from 13 communities in West Tennessee came together for a three-day conference to discuss ways to work together as a region to make West Tennessee stronger. This summit helped create the REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) program. Currently, nine counties are participating in REDI and its services that benefit high school and college students.

To learn more about REDI, contact Lisa Hankins at 731-668-6450.

REDI Programs

REDI College Access

It is the intent of the REDI College Access Program is to change the educational culture of the region. The leadership of the REDI region understands the linkages between education, workforce and economic development.

The College Access Program is the cornerstone of the REDI initiative. 

REDI works with our communities to provide a mentoring program. Mentors are housed in the schools and are tasked with working with the participating students on the following:

  • importance of post-secondary education 
  • advisement on career paths 
  • assistance to the student and family with college applications and any financial aid forms
  • TN Promise

REDI also works with participative communities to help provide scholarships to any student that desires to attend a community college or technology center for two years.

Each of the counties in the REDI region determine to whom their program will be catered.  Some may choose to focus on the traditional student, some non-traditional. They may choose to require a GPA or ACT score, some may not.

The benefit of this program is a more educated population and workforce that will help to make this region of West Tennessee grow and become more prosperous.

Mentoring

Our mentors play a role in the vitality of your community and the future of West Tennessee. Providing college access services is one way REDI is working to improve the educational attainment levels in West Tennessee.

What Does a Mentor Do?

  • Impresses the need for post-secondary education (community college, College of Applied Technology, etc.)
  • Advises on career paths
  • Assists in completing required college and financial aid forms
  • TN Promise assistance

REDI has mentors in the following counties:

  • Chester
  • Crockett
  • Fayette
  • Gibson
  • Hardeman
  • Hardin
  • Haywood
  • Tipton

Pathways Southwest TN

The mission of Pathways Tennessee is to provide students with rigorous academic and career pathways, that are linked to local and regional economic and labor market needs. The program is part of a national initiative, the Pathways to Prosperity Network.  Tennessee was among the first states to join this multi-state consortium to address the “skills gap” that threatens the readiness of young Tennesseans entering the workforce.

Locally, Pathways Southwest TN was organized in 2014 for the counties in the Southwest Tennessee Economic Development District. Pathways Southwest TN seeks to provide students a clear path to college and career success through the utilization of career exploration, work experiences, and the opportunity to earn college credit and industry certifications in high school. At the end of the pathway, participating student will be ready for careers in their community that are in high demand and provide great pay.

Each Pathways Southwest TN high school offers customized programs of study to meet local labor market needs, and train students for meaningful jobs. Currently, the initiative serves school students in Chester, Decatur, Haywood, Madison and McNairy Counties. The Pathways Southwest TN website, www.findapathway.com, provides comprehensive information about what programs are available in each participating high school.

For more information about the Pathways Southwest TN program, contact Jo Matherne at 731-668-6408 or visit www.findapathway.com.

Southwest Tennessee Reconnect

Southwest Tennessee Reconnect is an effort to increase the number of adults in the West Tennessee area with a postsecondary credential. Southwest Reconnect has a 13-county service area that includes Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McNairy, Carroll, Crockett, Gibson, Tipton, and Wayne counties. The Southwest Tennessee Reconnect community is a program of The Southwest Tennessee Development District, with partners theCO in Jackson and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, to provide adults with free advising, career counseling, support, a personalized path to and through college, and help connecting community partners in the larger statewide degree attainment initiatives. 

The Southwest Tennessee Reconnect Community is part of a larger statewide effort, Tennessee Reconnect, to encourage adults to return to college to earn a degree or certificate. Tennessee Reconnect is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s ‘Drive to 55’ initiative, a statewide effort to increase Tennessee’s educational attainment rate from 37 percent to 55 percent by the year 2025.  Tennessee Reconnect Communities were established in 2016 by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in partnership with The Graduate Network and through technical assistance and funding from Lumina Foundation and the State of Tennessee. Currently, more than 900,000 adults in Tennessee have at least some college credits but have not yet earned a degree.

Southwest Tennessee Reconnect began providing services in March 2016.

To learn more about the Southwest Tennessee Reconnect Community, contact Cedric Deadmon at 731-668-6448 or visit www.swreconnect.com.

TN Promise Overview

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015. It will provide students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.

TN Promise Community Service Form

Jobs

REDI does not have any job openings at this time.

FAQ

What is REDI?

REDI is an acronym for Regional Economic Development Initiative formed by the Southwest Tennessee Development District.  REDI’s focus is to create regional collaboration in the 9 REDI counties in West Tennessee.

What is the REDI College Access Program?

The REDI College Access Program is the cornerstone of REDI initiative.  The College Access Program is designed to change the educational culture of the region.

Why the need for A College Access Program?

Research shows that early in their middle and high school careers, the vast majority of students, regardless of race or class, aspire to attain some sort of post secondary education. Career visioning, college discussions, college visits and the cultivation of college aspiration help our youth stay focused on school and dedicated to their own individual growth. Most services currently being provided to West Tennessee youth are concentrated on encouraging students to aspire to post secondary education and helping them academically achieve. Services often decline and become increasingly remote as the complexity of the admissions and financial aid issues increase. The “gap” in services is due to the need for an organization that can fill the skill set gap, provide experience and expertise, and act as a referral source when the issue becomes better addressed by another community expert.  The REDI College Access Program is here to fill that “gap.”

How does the REDI College Access Program help me?

Educational and economic opportunity is part of the American dream that now requires a post secondary degree. The College Access Program is prepared to assist you by providing a trained mentor who is knowledgeable on matters related to financial aid, college admissions criteria, and career advisement.  We specialize in working with teachers, parents, mentors, counselors, and other adults who support students on the path to a college education.
 

Who is eligible for the College Access Program?

Any senior living in one of the REDI counties is eligible, as well as, non-traditional, GED, or HiSET students.

Who offers a REDI scholarship?

At this time, only Haywood and Tipton counties offer a REDI scholarship. Each county in the REDI district has the discretion to create a REDI scholarship along with their criteria and the authority to determine which schools students must attend in order to receive the Scholarship. Eligible schools are listed on the applications which are available from your REDI Mentor. Scholarship applicants must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15th of each year. Scholarship amounts are determined by each participating county.
 

What if I graduated from another school but currently live in one of the REDI counties or live in another county but graduated from high school in one of the REDI counties, can REDI assist me?

Absolutely! REDI is happy to help anyone from our REDI counties in their pursuit for higher education. Please contact the Director and she will let you know who your mentor will be.

What is FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is a free form that may be completed without professional assistance via paper or electronic forms provided by the U.S. Department of Education. To apply for federal financial aid, you need to fill out the FAFSA and return it to the U.S. Department of Education, which processes it and sends the information to the colleges you've listed on the form. Schools use the information to decide how much financial aid they will give you if you attend their institution.  The deadline for Tennessee Promise students to complete their FASFA application is February 15th of each year. You must now create a FSA-ID before filling out your FAFSA or to go into an existing account and make change. If you have any difficulties, please let us know, we are happy to help.

Where Do I Get the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available free electronically or in paper form. The electronic version is online at www.fafsa.gov.
A paper version is available by calling (800) 4-FED-AID or (800) 433-3243. DO NOT go to www.fafsa.com or they will charge you a fee... it is a free application.

How do I get started?

If you are a student interested in going to college, please click here!

We are REDI

Chester County

Chester County is ready and able! 

Jenilyn Sipes, SWTDD REDI College Access Coordinator, is very passionate about the need for post-secondary education for rural West Tennessee's youth. Willing to go to exceptional lengths to help a child succeed in the college\technical school enrollment process, Jenilyn is a determined assest to all the youth in this region. 

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Teresa King
731-695-2100

Oversees several events in the community.

Carl Perkins Center
Keisha Harris or Clay Jordan
731-989-7222


Heather Griffin
School Coordinated Health
731-608-6241

She is involved in lots of service projects through the schools so she may can point you in some good directions.


Crockett County

Crockett County is ready and able!

Lisa Hankins, is the Director of REDI Program and the REDI Mentor for Crockett County. She is a graduate of UT Martin and has been a part of West Tennessee for a very long time. She is excited to be providing services to the high school seniors in Crockett County. Lisa will be guiding graduating seniors in Crockett county as they complete the application\enrollment process for college or technical school. Lisa is at CCHS on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.

Decatur County

Decatur County is ready and able!

REDI works with the Ayers Foundation as requested to provide some additional college access services to their students. Redi is also available to assist non-traditional students in their academic ventures.

Parsons is also home to the first REDI Digital Factory which helps create jobs using online technology.

For more info, contact Lisa Hankins.

Fayette County

Fayette County is REDI and able!

SWTDD's REDI College Access Coordinator for Fayette County is Dixie Spencer. Fueled partly by the love for her children and grandchildren, Dixie is passionate about help the youth of Fayette County succeed - in high school and in post secondary educational attainment.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Caris Healthcare - Hospice Care
17410 Highway 64
Somerville, TN 38068
(901) 465-2120 | 1 (866) 292-2903
www.carishealthcare.com

Fayette Cares, Inc.
13300 North Main Street
Somerville, TN 38068
(901) 465-3802
www.fayettecares.org


Fayette County Commission on Aging
17425 Hwy 194 
Somerville, TN 38068
(901) 466-1172
www.fayette.tndcca.org 

Fayette County Democratic Party
108 Kay Dr
Somerville, TN 38068
901-465-3554
www.fayettesenior.org
foca75@bellsouth.net


Fayette County/UT Agriculture Extension Office 
302-B Midland
Somerville, TN 38068
(901) 465-5233
Fax: (901) 465-1757
www.fayette.tennessee.edu

Feeding Fayette
13775 Highway 57
Moscow, TN 38057
(731) 780-3426
www.feedingfayette.org/about.html
info@feedingfayette.org

Gibson County

Gibson County is ready and able!

Gibson County's REDI College Acess Coordinators are Craig Clay and Frankie McCord. Both Craig and Frankie are dedicated to the post-secondary education of Gibson County students.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library
1075-A East Van Hook Street
Milan, TN 38358
Missy Blakely
Director
731-686-8268

Hardin County

Hardin County is ready and able!

Jenilyn Sipes, SWTDD's REDI College Access Coordinator, is very passionate about the need for post secondary education for rural West Tennessee's youth. Willing to go to exceptional lengths to help a child succeed in the college/technical school enrollment process, Jenilyn is a determined asset to all the youth in this region. Jenilyn will be at HCHC on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 3:00.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce
320 Main Street
Savannah, Tennessee  38372
Beth Pippin
Executive Director
www.hardincountychamber.com

Savannah Main Street
140 Main Street
Savannah, TN
C Seth Sumner
731-925-3300


Darryl Worley Foundation
325 Main Street
Savannah, TN
Larry Harrell
731-926-2667

Dreamweavers
Front-row@drmwvrs.net


Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park
PO Box 15
Pickwick Dam,TN 38365
Marcus Anderson
Phone: (731) 925-6551

Hardin County Ministerial Association
Rev. Ronnie Sanders
731-925-9707


Savannah Arts Commission
731-925-8181

Savannah Performing Arts
Facebook


Pickwick Landing State Park
John Ball (Park Ranger)
731-689-3129

Shiloh National Military Park
Heather Hinson
731-689-5275
Click here for more info.

Haywood County

Haywood County is ready and able!


Emily Carpenter is the new college mentor at Haywood High School. Martha Lyle grew up in Brownsville, attended Haywood County Schools, graduated from The Lausanne School in Memphis, and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the REDI staff of SWTDD, she worked with GreenFaith, National Wildlife Federation, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, US House of Representatives and US Senate, and the United Methodist Church. She is married to Bob Ford, a wildlife biologist with US Fish and Wildlife Service. She and her husband, Bob have two daughters -- Eliza and Mattie, a senior and a freshman at Haywood High School. Martha Lyle is REDI and able to help our students achieve their post secondary success! Martha Lyle is available Wednesdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and by appointment. She can be reached by phone at 731-780-6737.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Elma Ross Public Library
1011 E. Main Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Katherine L. Horn
elmarosslibrary@bellsouth.net
731-772-9534

Henderson County

Henderson County is ready and able!

REDI works with the Ayers Foundation as requested to provide some additional college access services to their students. Redi is also available to assist non-traditional students in their academic ventures.

For more info, conatct Lisa Hankins.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Everett Horn Public Library
702 W. Church Street
Lexington, TN 38351
Crystal Ozier, Director
731-968-3239

Tipton County

Tipton County is ready and able!

Katherine Markley of Munford is Tipton County’s REDI College Access Mentor. Her educational and work background includes experiences at Dyersburg State Community College where she earned a business degree and worked with AmeriCorps Vista on DSCC’s Covington campus as a service learning coordinator. Katherine will be at Covington HS on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 2:30. She's at Brighton HS on Thursday 8:00 to 2:30 and Munford HS Friday 8:00 to 2:30.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Joseph Mack
City of Covington
Parks and Recreation Director
790 Bert Johnston Ave
Covington, TN 38019
901-476-3734

There are several different types of volunteer opportunities.

Tipton County Public Library
3149 Hwy 51 S. Bldg. C
Covington, TN 38019
Sharon Timbs, Asst. Director
tiptonpl@tiptonco.com
901-476-0008