Our Work

Explore our work across our four priority areas:


Sixteen Students Complete Certification at Meharry

NSR and the Tennessee College Access and Success Network partnered with Meharry Medical College’s Bridge to Success program to deliver a Patient Services Representative certification program for both recent graduates and their parents. Taught on Meharry’s campus and by Meharry staff, this “2 generations, one future” approach was offered on weekends from September through December of 2023. Sixteen students completed the coursework and a graduation ceremony was held Friday, December 1st. Three of the sixteen completers have already secured employment!

Welcoming Glencliff High School

The team is thrilled to announce that Glencliff High School is officially a part of the New Skills Ready Nashville Network! Principal Clint Wilson, Academy Coach Thommye Kelley, and College and Career Readiness Coach Bailey Tidwell will be key project team members representing Glencliff. We are so glad to have the opportunity to impact more students and broaden the NSRN network.

Policy Scan

The Tennessee College Access and Success Network has released their annual policy scan for 2023. The report provides a review of local, state, and federal policies and programs that create direct and indirect barriers to higher education success for students in the Metro Nashville Area. 

Year 4 Work Teams

Our structure for Year 4 focuses on work teams in 5 areas: 

1) Pathway Mapping

2) Advising Capacity and Support

3) Summer Melt

4) Employer Engagement

5) Data Gathering

Our Work in Years 1-3

Our project team has accomplished a lot over the first three years of the investment. Learn more about what we've put in place that is student and family-facing, systems change, and backbone and collaborative-facing. 

Year 3 Pilot Projects

Our team developed a series of collaborative pilots to address our project priorities and implement scalable solutions during the 2022-2023 academic year. Cross-sector teams came together during a two-day design sprint to think about barriers they want to address systemically and devise projects and plans that they proposed for funding from our Guiding Team. 

Pilot Projects Featured by Advance CTE

Advance CTE wrote a New Skills Ready blog featuring several of our pilot projects for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Tools We Use


Our team utilizes the Systemness framework to focus our work on systemic rather than programmatic solutions. Systemness, an approach developed by CivicLab, emphasizes the processes and relationships that make up the system.

Work-Based Learning Continuum

As students explore and make choices about their education and career options, we utilize a developmental approach in which experiences build on each other across the education continuum.

Momentum Metrics

Our team uses a set of Momentum Metrics identified by Education Strategy Group as predictors of postsecondary enrollment, retention, and completion, to measure the impact of our work.