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Early Post Secondary Opportunities at CCS

Letter to the Editor:

As the Director of Cleveland City Schools, I believe we must do all we can to prepare students for their post-secondary life whether that be in a four-year university, a community college, a technical school, or the military.  I am a member of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Cohort and the National School Superintendent Association’s (AASA) Redefining Ready Cohort.  Both groups are actively reviewing the latest research and bringing together school system leaders, higher education officials, workforce developers, business and industry owners and managers, as well as politicians so we can work in a cooperative way to better open the door and future for our students. 

Cleveland City Schools is proud of our partnership with post-secondary schools and we currently have over 30 program offerings for our secondary students.  Cleveland High School currently has 424 Advanced Placement students, 390 on-campus dual enrollment students, 240-off campus dual enrollment students, and 1079 dual credit students.  Our goal is for each student to obtain at least 12 post-secondary credits before they graduate and leave our system. 

We are pleased to share the following programs we offer our students in cooperation with our partner universities, community colleges, and technical schools:

Chattanooga State Technical Community College offers dual credit for students to earn 3 college credits for free in these areas: Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Mechatronics.

Cleveland State Community College partnership with Cleveland City Schools extends students the opportunity to earn dual credit in Civil/Architectural, Computer Applications, Criminal Justice, Introduction to Engineering Design, Mechatronics I, and Mechatronics II. In addition, Cleveland State grants Cleveland City Schools students the opportunity to take dual enrollment course in Business Management, Emergency Medical Service, Entrepreneurship, Mechatronics III, and Mechatronics IV. Also, Cleveland State Community College and Cleveland High School offer high school students the opportunity to graduate with a college degree as they graduate with a high school diploma. The Tennessee Valley Early College is in its third year of existence.

Franklin Academy has partnered with Cleveland City Schools for many years. Due to this rewarding partnership, Cleveland High School Cosmetology students can earn up to 750 hours toward their 1500 hours required to obtain their Cosmetology license.

Lee University extends the opportunity for Cleveland High School Anatomy & Physiology II students to earn 3 semester hours of dual enrollment credit upon successful completion of their college administered exam. Many of the students enrolled in this course are pursuing a career in the medical field.  We have other students taking other courses at Lee pursuing their interest in varied areas. 

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) offers Cleveland City Schools students two opportunities to earn college credit. Cleveland High School’s new Aviation program is recognized by MTSU and gives students the opportunity to earn 3 dual credit semester hours upon successful competition of Aviation II and successful competition of MTSU’s college exam. Also, MTSU grants Cleveland High School Digital Media IV dual enrollment students the opportunity to earn 3 semester hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is our Project Lead The Way (PLTW) partner. Project Lead The Way is a pre-engineering course of study for students interested in pursuing a career in Engineering. Due to this partnership, Cleveland High School students can earn dual enrollment credit in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Design and Development, Introduction to Engineering, and Principles of Engineering. In each course students can earn 3 semester dual enrollment hours from RIT.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Athens (TCAT) is a pathway for students who are looking at an alternate post-secondary pathway. TCAT courses are designed so the student can earn job-ready skills and certifications at a faster pace, therefore students can earn their credentials and enter the job market sooner than a typical 2 or 4-year college/university pathway. TCAT Athens has partnered with Cleveland City Schools where Cleveland High School students enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology, Automotive III, Automotive IV, Mechatronics III, and Mechatronics IV, Office Management can dual enroll with TCAT Athens and earn hours based upon how many hours they are enrolled in the high school program.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga (TCAT) offers Cleveland High School Cosmetology III & IV students the opportunity to earn up to 450 hours toward their 1500 required hours to obtain their Cosmetology license.

Cleveland City Schools is a leader in developing our students for a demanding future.  Our programs and education professionals are meeting the needs of our students and preparing them for a bright future in their chosen field of study.  I encourage you to watch our new CTE video to learn more about our outstanding programs offered at Cleveland High School and Cleveland Middle School (

It’s an honor to serve as Director of Schools and I appreciate the Cleveland City Schools Board of Education for their commitment and vision to ensure our students and employees have what they need to be successful each and every day. 



Russell Dyer, Ed.D.

Director of Schools